Latrobe, PA F3 Tornado – July 11, 1976

SPC Stats:

Path length: 11.8 miles

Width:  67 yards

Fatalities:  1

Injuries:  17

Rating:  F3

County:  Westmoreland

An F3 tornado hit portions of Westmoreland County, PA on July 11, 1976.  I could not find the Storm Data entry for this event.  I looked in the July 1976 publication and several months after and was unable to locate the summary.  If anyone knows where it is, please let me know.  The summary of this event is highly dependent on the entry from Thomas Grazulis in Significant Tornadoes and newspaper articles.

Per Grazulis:  The tornado traveled 13 miles from near Delmont to Salem and Unit Townships, near the Latrobe-area hospital to Clover Hill, Oakville, and Darlington.  Twelve trailers and 37 houses were destroyed.  16 cars and a school were damaged.  Five furniture company buildings were unroofed and the contents destroyed.  

There was 1 fatality.  A man died a few days after the twister hit his trailer home.

Wed, Jul 14, 1976 – Page 5 · Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) · Newspapers.com

Tornado Path

Discrepancies:

We gathered information for this event from the SPC & NCDC Databases and Thomas Grazulis in Significant Tornadoes and found the following differences:

Path Length:

  • SPC/NCDC have an 11.8 mile path length.
  • Grazulis has a 13 mile path length.

Width:

  • SPC/NCDC list a width of 67 yards.
  • Grazulis has a width of 70 yards.

Sources:

The Storm Prediction Center

NCDC Storm Events Database

newspapers.com

Grazulis, Thomas P. (1993). Significant Tornadoes 1680-1991: A Chronology and Analysis of Events. St. Johnsbury, VT: The Tornado Project of Environmental Films. Page 1189.