Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS Mt. Holly, NJ

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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Mount Holly NJ
1025 PM EDT THU JUL 28 2016

...Tornado Confirmed Near Readington and Branchburg Townships in
Hunterdon and Somerset Counties New Jersey...

Location...Readington and Branchburg Townships in Hunterdon and
Somerset County New Jersey
Date...July 25 2016
Estimated Time...512 PM EDT
Maximum EF-Scale Rating...EF-0
Estimated Maximum Wind Speed...90 MPH
Maximum Path Width...75 yards
Path Length...3.49 miles
Beginning Lat/Lon...40.58N / 74.73W
Ending lat/Lon...40.60N / 74.68W
* Fatalities...0
* Injuries...0

* The information in this statement is preliminary and subject to
change pending final review of the event(s) and publication in
NWS Storm Data.

...Summary...
The National Weather Service in Mount Holly NJ has confirmed a
tornado near Readington and Branchburg Townships in Hunterdon and
Somerset County New Jersey on July 25 2016.

Several uprooted trees were noted just south of Forty Oaks Road
where the tornado touched down approximately one-quarter mile east
of Solberg-Hunterdon Airport at approximately 5:12 PM EST. The
strongest damage was observed as the tornado crossed Forty Oaks
Road. Numerous hardwood and softwood pine trees were uprooted and
snapped off at the trunk. The trees fell in a convergent pattern
along the path of the tornado. Minor damage was observed to a
residential home with shingles blown off the roof.

The tornado tracked to the east-northeast into Somerset County.
At the time of the storm survey, a majority of the tree damage from
the tornado was cleaned up in a residential community located on
Preakness Circle. However, numerous photos obtained from local
emergency management and media revealed additional damage. Several
hardwood trees in the residential community were uprooted and
sheared off. Two homes sustained damage from the tornado, including
siding that was torn off and a chimney that was ripped off one of
the homes. A car that was parked on the street was blown several
yards away on to the residence front lawn and into a nearby tree.

Several hardwood trees were uprooted in a forested area between
Harlan School Road and County Squire Way as the tornado moved to
the northeast. The tornado eventually lifted approximately six
minutes after touchdown just north of Route 22, but not before
uprooting several more trees near Station Road.

This information can also be found on our website at
weather.gov/phi.

For reference...the Enhanced Fujita Scale classifies tornadoes
into the following categories:

EF0...wind speeds 65 to 85 mph.
EF1...wind speeds 86 to 110 mph.
EF2...wind speeds 111 to 135 mph.
EF3...wind speeds 136 to 165 mph.
EF4...wind speeds 166 to 200 mph.
EF5...wind speeds greater than 200 mph.

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Klein/Manning/Koch



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