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NWS says no tornado Sunday in Franklin Co.

July 31, 2007|By JENNIFER FITCH

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Sunday's thunderstorms did not produce a tornado, according to a press release from the National Weather Service.

Witnesses said the funnel cloud they saw did not touch the ground, according to Bruce Budd with the weather service.

Instead, downburst or straight-line winds tipped over portable sheds and damaged the roofs of two buildings at Letterkenny Army Depot, Budd said.

The Franklin County (Pa.) Emergency Management Agency conducted the investigation for the National Weather Service.

The winds peaked at 60 mph between noon and 12:15 p.m. Sunday, Budd said in the press release.

No injuries were reported, but the roofs of a stair company's buildings were damaged.

Damage was west of the intersections of Pa. 997 and Pa. 443, about five miles north of Chambersburg and on the eastern section of the depot, the press release said.

"If the winds were tornadic, there should be some evidence of circulation or convergence in the damage pattern," Budd said in an e-mail.

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