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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MOUNT HOLLY NJ
917 PM EDT WED MAY 29 2019

...NWS DAMAGE SURVEYS FOR THE 05/28/19 TORNADO EVENT...

.MORGANTOWN PENNSYLVANIA TORNADO...

START LOCATION...CAERNARVON TOWNSHIP IN LANCASTER COUNTY, PA
END LOCATION...CAERNARVON TOWNSHIP IN BERKS COUNTY, PA
DATE...MAY 28, 2019
ESTIMATED TIME...5:52 PM EDT TO 6:00 PM EDT
MAXIMUM EF-SCALE RATING...EF2
ESTIMATED MAXIMUM WIND SPEED...120 MPH
MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH...400 YARDS
PATH LENGTH...2.6 MILES
BEGINNING LAT/LON...40.1589/-75.9096
ENDING LAT/LON...40.1468/-75.8658
* FATALITIES...0
* INJURIES...0

...SUMMARY...
A TORNADO DEVELOPED IN CAERNARVON TOWNSHIP IN LANCASTER
COUNTY, PA, APPROXIMATELY A QUARTER MILE FROM THE BERKS COUNTY
LINE. DAMAGE BEGAN AT A TURKEY FARM IN THIS AREA, WHERE SEVERAL
TREES WERE SNAPPED AND THE ROOF OF A BARN WAS LOFTED AND BLOWN
TO A RESIDENCE ON SWAMP ROAD IN BERKS COUNTY. FORTY TURKEYS WERE
KILLED AT THIS LOCATION. THE TORNADO THEN AFFECTED THE SWAMP 
ROAD RESIDENCE, WITH SUBSTANTIAL DAMAGE TO TWO OUTBUILDINGS, ONE 
OF WHICH WAS COMPLETELY DESTROYED. THE ROOF OF ONE OF THE 
OUTBUILDINGS ENDED UP UNDERNEATH A VAN THAT WAS LOFTED 
SIMULTANEOUSLY. ADDITIONALLY, A TRACTOR TRAILER ON THE PROPERTY 
WAS OVERTURNED AND DRAGGED NEARLY 40 FEET FROM ITS INITIAL 
POSITION. THE TORNADO THEN TRACKED THROUGH MORGANTOWN, WHERE 
SOMEWHAT SPORADIC DAMAGE OCCURRED TO SEVERAL BUSINESSES ON MAIN 
STREET. THE TORNADO THEN DOWNED NUMEROUS LARGE AND HEALTHY 
TREES ON MILL ROAD AND MAST ROAD. SEVERAL FALLEN TREES SEVERELY 
DAMAGED A HOUSE ON MAST ROAD. AT THIS POINT, THE TORNADO 
SHIFTED TO A MORE SOUTHEAST DIRECTION, WHERE IT MOVED INTO THE 
VALLEY PONDS SUBDIVISION. SEVERAL HOMES SUSTAINED ROOF AND 
WINDOW DAMAGE, AT LEAST A DOZEN VEHICLES WERE SHIFTED AND 
SEVERELY DAMAGED (ONE VEHICLE OVERTURNED SEVERAL TIMES, ENDING 
UP 30 TO 40 FEET FROM ITS ORIGINAL POSITION), AND NUMEROUS 
TREES WERE SNAPPED AND UPROOTED. FROM THERE, THE TORNADO 
TRACKED TO AN INDUSTRIAL PARK NEAR HEMLOCK ROAD, WHERE 
NUMEROUS TREES WERE SNAPPED, THREE CARS WERE SHIFTED, AND 
SEVERAL BUILDINGS SUSTAINED ROOF DAMAGE. FINALLY, THE TORNADO 
DAMAGED SEVERAL HOMES ON QUARRY VIEW DRIVE. TWO OF THE HOMES 
HAD SUBSTANTIAL DAMAGE TO ONE OR MORE EXTERIOR WALLS. THE 
TORNADO SUBSEQUENTLY LIFTED NEAR THE END OF QUARRY VIEW 
DRIVE. NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED AS A RESULT OF THIS TORNADO.

THE SURVEY TEAM WOULD LIKE TO THANK BERKS COUNTY EMERGENCY
MANAGEMENT AND THE CAERNARVON TOWNSHIP SUPERVISOR FOR THEIR
ASSISTANCE IN THIS SURVEY.

.STANHOPE NEW JERSEY TORNADO...

START LOCATION...STANHOPE IN SUSSEX COUNTY, NEW JERSEY
END LOCATION...STANHOPE IN SUSSEX COUNTY, NEW JERSEY
DATE...MAY 28, 2019
ESTIMATED TIME...8:30 PM EDT
MAXIMUM EF-SCALE RATING...EF1
ESTIMATED MAXIMUM WIND SPEED...100 MPH
MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH...350 YARDS
PATH LENGTH...1.2 MILES (DISCONTINUOUS)
BEGINNING LAT/LON...40.92/-74.70
ENDING LAT/LON...40.91/-74.68
* FATALITIES...0
* INJURIES...0

...SUMMARY...
A TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN IN STANHOPE IN SUSSEX COUNTY, NEW JERSEY. 
DAMAGE BEGAN NEAR THE LENAPE VALLEY REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL. HERE, 
SEVERAL TREES WERE SNAPPED OR UPROOTED. ON A FIELD IN FRONT OF THE
SCHOOL, A CLEAR TORNADIC DAMAGE PATH WAS SEEN WITH THREE NEARBY 
TREES SNAPPED OR UPROOTED IN A CYCLONIC FASHION. A SMALL BUT 
ANCHORED OUTBUILDING WAS ALSO LIFTED AND FLIPPED OVER. FURTHER 
TREE DAMAGE OCCURRED AT A RESIDENCE ACROSS THE STREET FROM THE 
SCHOOL. DAMAGE THEN APPEARED TO BRIEFLY ABATE, INDICATING THE 
TORNADO LIKELY LIFTED FOR A SHORT TIME. HOWEVER, A SHORT DISTANCE 
FURTHER SOUTHEAST, ADDITIONAL TORNADIC DAMAGE WAS OBSERVED WITH 
NUMEROUS TREES SNAPPED OR UPROOTED AND SEVERAL HOMES AND CARS 
SUSTAINING DAMAGE FROM FALLING TREES ON AND AROUND UNGER AVENUE. 
INCLUDING THE BRIEF TIME WHEN IT LIKELY LIFTED, THE TORNADO LASTED
APPROXIMATELY ONE TO ONE AND A HALF MINUTES. THANKFULLY, NO 
INJURIES WERE REPORTED AS A RESULT OF THIS TORNADO. WE EXTEND OUR 
THANKS TO THE SUSSEX COUNTY DIVISION OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT, 
STANHOPE EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT, AND NEW JERSEY STATE POLICE FOR 
THEIR ASSISTANCE IN THIS SURVEY.

EF SCALE: THE ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE CLASSIFIES TORNADOES INTO THE
FOLLOWING CATEGORIES:

EF0...WEAK......65 TO 85 MPH
EF1...WEAK......86 TO 110 MPH
EF2...STRONG....111 TO 135 MPH
EF3...STRONG....136 TO 165 MPH
EF4...VIOLENT...166 TO 200 MPH
EF5...VIOLENT...>200 MPH

* THE INFORMATION IN THIS STATEMENT IS PRELIMINARY AND SUBJECT TO
CHANGE PENDING FINAL REVIEW OF THE EVENTS AND PUBLICATION IN NWS
STORM DATA.

$$

MORGANTOWN TORNADO:  DAVIS/CMS
STANHOPE TORNADO:  JOHNSON/O'BRIEN

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