April 16 2019
The cluster of severe storms that rolled across our region on the night of Sunday April 14, lasted into the early morning hours on Monday. It was 3:38 AM on April 15, 2019 that produced a tornado in the southern Delaware town of Laurel. It has been confirmed. This damage includes homes, barns, and the roof of an Utz snack warehouse.
The official report from the National Weather Service confirmed this was an EF-2 with wind speed up to 120 mph and was on the ground for 6.2 miles. Here is the statement from NWS. Below are images of Doppler Radar at 3:40 AM Monday April 15, 2019 and the marked map of the path.
Doppler Radar Images
Velocity Scan (Winds)
Map Of Plotted Tornado Path
Aerial View From Laurel Fire Department
Official NWS Report
...NWS DAMAGE SURVEY FOR 04/15/19 TORNADO EVENT... .UPDATED INFORMATION ON LAUREL DELAWARE TORNADO... START LOCATION...LAUREL IN SUSSEX COUNTY DELAWARE END LOCATION...SEAFORD IN SUSSEX COUNTY DELAWARE DATE...APRIL 15, 2019 ESTIMATED TIME...3:38 AM EDT MAXIMUM EF-SCALE RATING...EF2 ESTIMATED MAXIMUM WIND SPEED...120 MPH MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH...50 TO 400 YARDS PATH LENGTH...6.2 MILES BEGINNING LAT/LON...38.5729/-75.5929 ENDING LAT/LON...38.6270/-75.5042 * FATALITIES...0 * INJURIES...1 ...SUMMARY... A TORNADO TRAVELED FROM WOODLAND FERRY ROAD NORTHEAST TO PEPPER ROAD. ONE BARN WAS DESTROYED. A TREE FELL ON A HOUSE, RESULTING IN ONE INJURY. IN ADDITION, THERE WAS ROOF DAMAGE TO SEVERAL OTHER HOMES AND BARNS. MANY TREES WERE UPROOTED ALONG THE TORNADO PATH, AND A FEW WERE SNAPPED. THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WOULD LIKE TO EXTEND OUR THANKS TO SUSSEX COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT FOR THEIR ASSISTANCE IN THIS DAMAGE SURVEY. EF SCALE: THE ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE CLASSIFIES TORNADOES INTO THE FOLLOWING CATEGORIES: EF0...WEAK......65 TO 85 MPH EF1...WEAK......86 TO 110 MPH EF2...STRONG....111 TO 135 MPH EF3...STRONG....136 TO 165 MPH EF4...VIOLENT...166 TO 200 MPH EF5...VIOLENT...>200 MPH
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