Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS Mt. Holly, NJ

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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Mount Holly NJ
150 PM EDT Thu Jul 18 2019


...NWS DAMAGE SURVEY FOR JULY 17, 2019 THUNDERSTORM WIND EVENT...

Location...Ewing Township in Mercer County New Jersey
Date...Jul 17 2019
Estimated Time...815 PM EDT
Estimated Maximum Wind Speed...80 MPH
Beginning Lat/Lon...40.2559/-74.7828
Ending Lat/Lon...40.2594/-74.7734
* Fatalities...None
* Injuries...None

...Summary...
A downburst associated with a thunderstorm ahead of a squall line
produced estimated wind gusts of 80 MPH Wednesday evening in Ewing
Township, NJ at around 815 PM EDT. Damage from this straight-line
wind event was bounded by the following roads: Western Avenue,
Sussex Street, Buttonwood Drive, and Ardsley Avenue. Up to 100 trees
were damaged during this wind event, with between 10 and 20 large trees
completely uprooted. Three homes were damaged from fallen trees, with
one home destroyed. The worst damage occurred in the vicinity of the
Pennington Road Fire Company on Route 31 (Pennington Road). No injuries
or deaths were reported as a result of this storm. Over 4000 customers
were without power after the storm due to damage to electric lines
and poles as a result of the wind and falling trees. A second wind
event just 30 minutes later was associated with the trailing squall
line. This produced estimated wind gusts in the 30 to 50 MPH range with
little or no additional damage.

NWS Mount Holly would like to thank the Ewing Police Department for
their assistance with this survey, and the numerous area residents
who provided valuable eye-witness accounts and information.

* 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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JJM/JEO



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