The storm that rolled through on Friday November 1st took out power for 1,000’s of people was actually an EF-1 Tornado according to the National Weather Service.
With wind speeds of 100 miles per hour, the Enhanced Fujita 1 tornado with a somewhat discontinuous damage path touched down in Harding township and continued along the following path.
Touch down in Harding Township along Pleasantville Road
Damage: Numerous trees were snapped and uprooted in this area bringing down several utility poles and power lines.
Tornado crosses Village road and Dickens Mill Road then continued toward Douglas Road and Spencer Place
Damage: Snapped and uprooted several more trees and crossed Spring Valley road.
The tornado then crossed into Chatham township passing over a mostly uninhabited area
The Tornado then passed into Madison Borough along Prospect Place and Gibbons Place
Damage: In this area, numerous trees hardwood trees were snapped and uprooted, some falling onto homes, however no significant structural damage occurred.
The tornado then continued toward Drew University
Damage: Numerous hardwood trees were snapped and uprooted, some falling onto and crushing several vehicles.
Damage: The tornado's path became ill-defined as it passed through the northern portion of downtown Madison then re-intensified as it approached greenwood avenue. A few trees were snapped and uprooted in this residential area a few blocks northeast of downtown madison.
Tornado continued toward Sherwood Avenue
Damage: Further intensification of damage was noted. A few large hardwood trees were snapped and uprooted in this area. One snapped tree fell and crushed the front porch of a home and an uprooted tree fell onto another home.
The tornado then crossed NJ route 24 into Florham Park Borough
A few trees were snapped and uprooted along Woodbine Road, East Madison avenue, Pierson lane, and Insley road. The tornado finally dissipated near the intersection of Insley road and Pierson lane.
Thankfully, no injuries or fatalities occurred as a result of this tornado.
The NWS survey team would like to thank the Madison police department, Morris County Emergency Management, and New Jersey State Police for their assistance with this 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
* 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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