Tornado confirmed: The National Weather Service has determined a torndo did rip through the Robscott Manor development in Newark Tuesday damaging 7 homes, uprooting trees, and causing wide spread damage to power lines in the area.
The NWS called the tornado a EF 0 with winds between 65 and 85 mph. Those 7 homes damaaged by the storm are considered uninhabitable. Two families ended up spending the night at shelters provided by the Red Cross.
A survey of the damage showed how concentrated and how powerful the winds were. Huge trees were pulled up by their roots. They crashed indiscriminately into family rooms, garages, or in the middle of parked cars.
Power lines were pulled down with up to 300 people in the Newark area without power at one point.
The storm was the violent end of a tornado watch that had been issued early Monday afternoon. The watch turned into a warning from 4-6pm. The watch continued until 10pm.
The threat of wide spread tornadoes was enough to close the St. Anthony’s Italian festival on Monday. The festival operators said they would honor any Groupon coupon today that was issued for Monday.