Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS Mt. Holly, NJ

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MOUNT HOLLY NJ
353 PM EDT FRI JUL 10 2015

...TORNADO CONFIRMED NEAR TILDEN TOWNSHIP IN BERKS COUNTY
PENNSYLVANIA...

LOCATION...TILDEN TOWNSHIP IN BERKS COUNTY PENNSYLVANIA
DATE...JULY 9 2015
ESTIMATED TIME...640 PM EDT
MAXIMUM EF-SCALE RATING...EF1
ESTIMATED MAXIMUM WIND SPEED...105 MPH
MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH...75 YARDS
PATH LENGTH...0.75 MILES
BEGINNING LAT/LON...40.5488N 76.0434W
ENDING LAT/LON...40.5574N 76.0351W
* FATALITIES...0
* INJURIES...1

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

...SUMMARY...
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN MOUNT HOLLY NJ HAS CONFIRMED A
TORNADO NEAR TILDEN TOWNSHIP IN BERKS COUNTY PENNSYLVANIA ON JULY
9 2015.

A NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SURVEY TEAM ACCOMPANIED BY BERKS COUNTY
EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT OFFICIALS SURVEYED THE DAMAGE IN TILDEN
TOWNSHIP. HARDWOOD TREES WERE SNAPPED ALONG THE PATH WITH A
SOYBEAN FIELD HAVING DEBRIS DRAGGED THROUGH IT WITH VISIBLE ARCING
MARKS. THE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN IN THE VICINITY OF STONE ROAD,
TRACKED NORTHEASTWARD TO THE BLUE MOUNTAIN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, THEN
INTO A CAMPGROUND AREA BEFORE LIFTING.

THE MOST SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE OCCURRED TO THE BLUE MOUNTAIN
ELEMENTARY SCHOOL WHERE IT WAS CATASTROPHIC. THE ROOF WAS
COMPLETED REMOVED WITH THE BUILDING REPORTED TO BE A TOTAL LOSS.
ONE PERSON WAS REPORTED TO BE IN THE SCHOOL AND HAD TO BE RESCUED
AND EVALUATED.

THANK YOU TO THE BERKS COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT, LOCAL
OFFICIALS AND RESIDENTS AND THE MONTGOMERY COUNTY SKYWARN
COORDINATOR FOR PROVIDED ASSISTANCE WITH THE SURVEY.

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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GORSE/HEAVENER/MEOLA



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