Possible Second Tornado for Sussex County … F1 Touched Down From Same Storm System

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MOUNT HOLLY NJ
700 PM EDT THU APR 18 2019

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

.MILTON DELAWARE TORNADO…

START LOCATION…HARBESON IN SUSSEX COUNTY DELAWARE
END LOCATION…BROADKILL BEACH IN SUSSEX COUNTY DELAWARE
DATE…APRIL 15, 2019
ESTIMATED TIME…4:00 AM EDT TO 4:07 AM EDT
MAXIMUM EF-SCALE RATING…EF1
ESTIMATED MAXIMUM WIND SPEED…100 MPH
MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH…50 YARDS
PATH LENGTH…6.2 MILES
BEGINNING LAT/LON…38.7400/-75.2788
ENDING LAT/LON…38.8147/-75.1978
* FATALITIES…0
* INJURIES…0

…SUMMARY…
A TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN NEAR CARPENTER ROAD IN HARBESON. THIS TORNADO 
WAS ASSOCIATED WITH THE SAME PARENT CIRCULATION THAT PRODUCED AN EF2 
TORNADO IN LAUREL, DE. SPORADIC DAMAGE OCCURRED OVER THE REMAINDER 
OF THE PATH, AND THE TORNADO MAY NOT HAVE BEEN ON THE GROUND 
CONTINUOUSLY. DAMAGE WAS OBSERVED ON SHAY LANE, WHERE A FEW TREES 
WERE SNAPPED AND A SECTION OF A BARN ROOF WAS REMOVED. NEAR THE 
COAST ON SOUTH BAY SHORE DRIVE, A COUPLE OF ADDITIONAL TREES WERE 
SNAPPED ALONG WITH SOME ROOF DAMAGE. A DISTINCT SWIRLING PATTERN WAS 
ALSO SEEN IN A MARSH GRASSY AREA AT THIS LOCATION. BEYOND THIS 
POINT THE CIRCULATION MOVED OFFSHORE. DUAL POLARIZATION RADAR DATA
WAS ALSO USEFUL IN CONFIRMING A TORNADO DEBRIS SIGNATURE.

.UPDATED INFORMATION ON LAUREL DELAWARE TORNADO…

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START LOCATION…LAUREL IN SUSSEX COUNTY DELAWARE
END LOCATION…GEORGETOWN IN SUSSEX COUNTY DELAWARE
DATE…APRIL 15, 2019 
ESTIMATED TIME…3:38 AM EDT TO 3:49 AM EDT
MAXIMUM EF-SCALE RATING…EF2
ESTIMATED MAXIMUM WIND SPEED…120 MPH
MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH…50 TO 400 YARDS
PATH LENGTH…9.3 MILES
BEGINNING LAT/LON…38.5729/-75.5929
ENDING LAT/LON…38.6502/-75.4554
* FATALITIES…0
* INJURIES…1

…SUMMARY…
A TORNADO TRAVELED FROM WOODLAND FERRY ROAD NORTHEAST TO ASBURY
ROAD. NUMEROUS HOMES ALONG THE PATH SUSTAINED CONSIDERABLE DAMAGE
TO EXTERIOR WALLS AND ROOFS. ONE HOME’S ROOF WAS NEARLY COMPLETELY
BLOWN OFF. ONE BARN WAS DESTROYED. THE TORNADO REACHED ITS MAXIMUM
WIDTH OF ABOUT 400 YARD AS IT CROSSED SEAFORD ROAD IN LAUREL, 
WHERE A FEW WOODEN POWER POLES WERE SNAPPED. ONE LARGE WOODEN 
POWER POLE WAS BROKEN AT THE BASE. A TREE FELL ON A HOUSE, 
RESULTING IN ONE INJURY. ADDITIONALLY, THERE WAS CONSIDERABLE ROOF
AND STRUCTURAL DAMAGE TO SEVERAL OTHER BARNS AND FARM OUT- 
BUILDINGS. MANY TREES WERE UPROOTED ALONG THE TORNADO PATH, AND A 
FEW WERE SNAPPED. THE DAMAGE BECAME SPORADIC AND SOMEWHAT 
DISCONTINUOUS FOR THE APPROXIMATELY THE LAST 3 MILES OF THE TRACK.
THE TORNADO LIFTED AS IT CROSSED ASBURY ROAD, WHERE IT ROLLED A 
MOBILE HOME ONTO ITS SIDE. 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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