Tornado confirmed in severe storm that hit Warren County on Thursday

WHITE TOWNSHIP, N.J. (Warren County) – The National Weather Service in Mount Holly, NJ confirmed on Friday night that an EF0 tornado had in fact touched down in Thursday’s destructive storm that moved through Warren County.

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The EF0 tornado touched down in White Township at approximately 2:46 p.m. and skipped along a path approximately 2.8 miles long with a maximum path width of 75 yards. The tornado reached an estimated maximum wind speed of 75 mph.

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.

One barn and one residence were damaged along Route 519. In addition, there were numerous trees down with the tops sheared off.

Warren County’s public safety director and emergency management coordinator Frank Wheatley, had initially said on Thursday that the storm did not produce a tornado.

“Then on Friday, the National Weather Service survey was requested,more expertise was needed to confirm just what had hit,” Wheatley said.

The National Weather Service attributed no injuries or fatalities to the tornado, though an injury was reported during the storm at Oxford Furnace Lake in Oxford Township.

“Appreciation is extended to the local residents, Warren County Emergency Management, and the New Jersey State Police with their help in this storm survey,” NWS said.

By: Jay Edwards
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