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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Mount Holly NJ
239 PM EDT Sat Jun 15 2024

...NWS Damage Survey for 06/14/2024 Landspout Tornado Event...

.Lawrence Township Landspout Tornado...

Rating:                 EF0
Estimated Peak Wind:    80 mph
Path Length /statute/:  0.13 miles
Path Width /maximum/:   60 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start Date:             06/14/2024
Start Time:             05:59 PM EDT
Start Location:         3 SSE Lawrenceville / Mercer County / NJ
Start Lat/Lon:          40.2607 / -74.7245

End Date:               06/14/2024
End Time:               06:00 PM EDT
End Location:           3 SSE Lawrenceville / Mercer County / NJ
End Lat/Lon:            40.2619 / -74.7227

Survey Summary:
An EF-0 strength landspout tornado occurred in Lawrence Township
in Mercer County. The landspout began near the Marwa Service
Center and Conoco gas station near the intersection of Johnson
Road and US Route 1 Business (Brunswick Avenue), where a few trees
were uprooted and some softwood trees were snapped. A couple trees
fell on the service station, causing some collateral damage. The
gas station canopy was not damaged, but a large sign behind the
building was snapped. Two large clothes donation bins were tossed
into a brushy area. Surveillance footage from the service center
showed a distinct convergent nature and shift to the winds as the
damage occurred.

The landspout then moved northeast into a small wooded area
before emerging into a post office parking lot. About a half dozen
vehicles were flipped over in the parking lot, and a few parking
lot signs were blown over or lofted and carried about 250 yards
away across the highway. The post office building sustained some
minor structural damage, including uplift of some metal roofing
material. An HVAC unit was blown off of the roof of the building.
A large tree was uprooted at the front of the building and a few
other trees had several limbs blown down. Cell phone footage taken
from across the highway at the Auto Lenders property showed a
distinct circulation as the damage was occurring, lofting debris
vertically. The landspout then dissipated after impacting the post
office property and no additional damage was observed downstream.

The Fortis Institute building across the highway off of Magnetic
Drive had 3 HVAC units displaced on the roof as well as an array
of solar panels damaged. This was determined to have been caused
by straight line winds and was not associated with the landspout
across the highway.

The National Weather Service would like to thank the New Jersey
State Police, Lawrence Township Police, Mercer County Office of
Emergency Management, and United States Postal Service at Circle
Branch for their assistance with this survey.


EF Scale: The Enhanced Fujita Scale classifies tornadoes into the
following categories:

EF0.....65 to 85 mph
EF1.....86 to 110 mph
EF2.....111 to 135 mph
EF3.....136 to 165 mph
EF4.....166 to 200 mph
EF5.....>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.