Newtown Borough Council President Tara Grunde-McLaughlin said at this week’s public meeting that the town has “lucky” no one was hurt when the EF-1 tornado moved through the town.
The tornado tore through Newtown Borough, Newtown Township, and Wrightstown Township during a line of strong storms Saturday night.
Grunde-McLaughlin reported that two large trees fell into houses. One was on Greene Street near North Norwood Avenue.
“We’re very, very luck no one was hurt. We had at least one near miss,” she said.
Across the borough several big trees were lost, including on Chancellor Street.
The tornado, according to the National Weather Service, moved over the Village of Newtown shopping center and then through the borough before lifting in the area of Newtown Cemetery.
“It’s not often we see a classified tornado here,” Grunde-McLaughlin said.
The tornado had wind speeds between 95 mph to 105 mph as it moved over the borough.
“I would say that our emergency responders put a lot of work in,” stated Grunde-McLaughlin.