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Tornadoes on the Delmarva Peninsula

Recently Delmarva saw some severe weather including a tornado that moved through the Hartly and Camden-Wyoming area.  The NWS confirmed the tornado was ranked as EF1 with a 0.35 mile long path that was 0.03 miles wide, or about 160 ft., with maximum winds of 105 mph.  There were two people injured, plus a few houses were extensively damaged or destroyed by this tornado.  The Enhanced Fujita scale states that an EF1 tornado is a moderate tornado that will severely strip roofs, badly damage or overturn mobile homes, and break or blow away exterior windows and doors.  Wind speeds within an EF1 tornado range from 86 mph to 110 mph, meaning the tornado in Kent county DE was just at the top of the EF1 scale.

(The following data is averaged from 1991-2010 for the Delmarva Peninsula)  Tornadoes are seen almost every year on Delmarva with an average of 2.35, but a majority of those are the weaker EF0's.  Between 1991 and 2010 there were 47 recorded tornadoes with 64% as EF0's (30), 27% as EF1's (13), 6% as EF2's (3), and 2% as EF3's (1).  Delmarva's strongest tornado (since 1980), an EF3, was on April 28, 2002, and traveled 18 miles from near Taylors Island, MD to Royal Oak, MD causing about $200,000 in damage. 

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