F2 Tornado Touches Down in Sussex County

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If you haven’t heard the entire county was woken up at 3 AM this morning including yours truly to a tornado warning. The watch was announced earlier yesterday evening.

When that warning came in we knew the possibility of a tornado would touch down, but no one ever knows where. I went outside to let the dog out because he was freaking out and the animals in my woods were all going nuts. North of me the sky was lighting up like crazy. It looked like something out of a movie like War Of The Worlds. I went inside and went back to bed, we don’t have anything here to protect us form a tornado. When the wind picked up immensely I just hoped it wouldn’t hit here.

A tornado hit not long after the warning was issued because a warning means there is a tornado, not that there could be one.
By the time everyone woke up this morning a tornado had ripped through areas of Laurel. Delaware. I started calling everyone I knew and checking social media. Answering texts I received at 3:30 AM checking on me as well. I am very glad to hear no one was hurt or killed.

There was a lot of damage in the area it touched down, and no fatalities thankfully. The communities are already starting to come together and help each other out, Sussex County strong! The NWS has confirmed it was an F2 tornado.


From the NWS … Mount Holly NJ


Public Information Statement…UPDATED
National Weather Service Mount Holly NJ
407 PM EDT Mon Apr 15 2019

…NWS DAMAGE SURVEY FOR 04/15/19 TORNADO EVENT…

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.Updated information on Laurel Delaware Tornado…

Start Location…Laurel in Sussex County Delaware
End Location…Seaford in Sussex County Delaware
Date…April 15, 2019
Estimated Time…3:38 AM EDT
Maximum EF-Scale Rating…EF2
Estimated Maximum Wind Speed…120 mph
Maximum Path Width…50 yards
Path Length…6.2 miles
Beginning Lat/Lon…38.5729/-75.5929
Ending Lat/Lon…38.6270/-75.5042

  • Fatalities…0
  • Injuries…1 …Summary…
    A tornado traveled from Woodland Ferry Road northeast to Pepper
    Road. One barn was destroyed. A tree fell on a house, resulting in
    one injury. In addition, there was roof damage to several other
    homes and barns. Many trees were uprooted along the tornado path,
    and a few were snapped. The National Weather Service would like to
    extend our thanks to Sussex County Emergency Management for their
    assistance in this damage 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 event and publication in NWS
    Storm Data.



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