Storms cause tornado sightings in Bedford County

BEDFORD – The National Weather Service kept Bedford County under a tornado warning for the better part of two hours Wednesday night, and county emergency personnel confirmed that at least one twister touched down during the storm.

The weather service issued the warning first at about 6 p.m. near Hyndman.

According to dispatchers in Bedford County, several tornadoes were reported through the National Weather Service’s hooking system.

Fire personnel also noted the formations, most of which were funnel clouds that did not touch the ground.

The warning was extended several times before ending about 7:45 p.m.

The storm brought with it strong winds, heavy rains and dime-sized hail, according to reports from the National Weather Service.

The 6:45 report from the weather service said that residents reported another tornado touching down near Everett.

Preliminary damages mostly stemmed from downed trees and branches, according to Bedford County Emergency Management.

No injuries had been reported as of 10 p.m. Wednesday.

Emergency personnel were also dealing with flooding and mudslides throughout the region.

The system was downgraded to a severe thunderstorm warning as it moved into Huntingdon County, according to the weather service.

A tornado watch remained in effect until 9 p.m. for 17 counties, including Bedford, Blair, Cambria and Huntingdon.

A flood warning was also put into effect for Bedford, Blair, Cambria and Somerset counties until 10:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Thunderstorms are expected to continue through tonight, according to the weather service. Wind speeds between five and seven miles per hour can be expected, and rainfall totals could equal between a quarter and

half an inch, according to the report.

The chance of precipitation will drop heading into the weekend, according to the weather service.