Map of Bradford County, Pennsylvania, USA with township and municipal bondaries. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The National Weather Service has confirmed that a tornado touched down near New Albany Tuesday evening.
Tuesday’s storms blew a mobile home on Marsh Road off its foundation, collapsed a barn across the street, knocked down trees and power lines in several areas and caused the loss of power to thousands of electric customers, over 1,000 of whom were still without power Wednesday.
Downed trees and other storm damage was also reported in Overton Township, in the Wyalusing area and in Sullivan County.
A National Weather Service storm survey team confirmed Wednesday that a tornado occurred Tuesday in the New Albany area with damage of EF-1 magnitude, according to the NWS at Binghamton, N.Y. An EF-1 tornado has wind speeds of 86 to 110 miles per hour.
Counties constituting the Endless Mountains Region of Pennsylvania (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
DUSHORE – Now that the major surgery that took place last year in the beautiful northern tier of Pennsylvania is complete, Frank Carr Jr. can tell Berks Countians what it is like to have an interstate natural gas pipeline implanted in your land.
You get paid. You see your land temporarily torn up. You have the right to object.
Ultimately, though, you may have no choice.
“To me, it just doesn’t seem right that they can come in and tell you where they are going,” said Carr, who co-owns a 500-acre dairy farm in Bradford County. “But I also know they have got to get the gas to market, and it is all a part of that.”
A project aimed at establishing a benchmark of regional residents’ health reinforced something already known — Northeastern Pennsylvania residents, generally speaking, are not very healthy.
The study, conducted by the Scranton-based Northeast Regional Cancer Institute, was done so the effects of the Marcellus Shale industry on the region’s health can be gauged in the future.
“We wanted to create a baseline on the health of the community to use as a benchmark against future studies to see what effects, if any, and to what extent the industry will have had on the region’s health,” said Bob Durkin, president of the Cancer Institute.
Dr. Samuel Lesko, principal investigator for the survey, said a variety of issues related to “fracking” and other processes used to produce natural gas have contributed to community concerns about potential adverse health outcomes.
These counties are the only ones in the state falling into the CDC’s most distressing category, showing 455 to 651 of every 100,000 deaths in people over age 35 are a direct result of heart disease.
Dr. Thomas Isaacson, chief of cardiology at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center’s Richard and Marion Pearsall Heart Hospital in Plains Township, said this area has a high rate of heart disease due to a number of risk factors here, especially smoking.
“We know smoking has a big impact on this,” Isaacson said. “We have a high prevalence of smoking in our communities.
Here are some pictures of flooding in Sullivan County from Tropical Storm Lee. These pictures are of the road between Worlds End State Park & Forksville just to give you an idea how Mother Nature & the Loyalsock can disagree. In the last picture, the upper right corner, is the Sullivan County Fairgrounds which also had a lot of damage.