NWS Confirms Second Tornado Struck Monday Morning
According to the National Weather Service,the path began at approximately 4 a.m. near Carpenter Road in Harbeson and traveled until approximatley 4:07 a.m. when it reached Broadkill Beach. The tornado's path spanned 6.2 miles and its width reached 50 yards. The National Weather Service estimates that winds reached 100 MPH. No fatalities or injuries have been reported.
Officials say the tornado may not have stayed on the ground the whole time and that damage was observed on Shay Lane, where a few trees were snapped and a portion of a roof was removed. More snapped trees and roof damage was seen on South Bay Shore Drive. A distinct swirling pattern was seen in a grassy area of marsh. Beyond this point, the tornado moved offshore.
According to the National Weather Service, this tornado was associated with the same parent circulation that created the EF2 tornado in Laurel early Monday morning. The service is also reporting updates on that tornado, reporting that its path was 9.3 miles long. That tornado traveled from Woodland Ferry Road Northeast to Asbury Road, and that numerous homes along the path sustained considerable damage to exterior walls and roofs. One roof was completely blown off its house and a barn was destroyed.
The EF2 tornado reached its maximum width of about 400 yards as it crossed Seaford Road in Laurel. Here, a few wooden power poles were snapped, one large wooden power pole was broken at the base and tree fell on a house, which resulted in one injury. There was considerable roof and structural damage to several other barns and farm out- buildings. Many trees were uprooted along the tornado path, and a few were snapped.
The National Weather Service says the damage became sporadic and somewhat discontinuous for approximately the last 3 miles of the track. The tornado lifted as it crossed Asbury Road and rolled a mobile home onto its side.