NWS: Tornado touched down briefly in Berks

MOUNT HOLLY, N.J. - A funnel cloud that moved across part of Berks County on Monday was indeed a tornado, according to the National Weather Service.

The NWS said Tuesday that the EF-0 twister had an estimated maximum wind speed of 80 miles per hour when it touched down in the Shartlesville area of Upper Bern Township around 2:36 p.m. Monday.

The tornado traveled along a path that measured 2.1 miles long and 50 yards wide, with damage found on private property behind the Mountain Springs Campground, according to forecasters, who said that the most concentrated damage consisted of several large hardwood trees that were uprooted and snapped at a home off nearby Mountain Road.

There were no reports of injuries.

Several 69 News viewers submitted photos and video that they captured of the funnel cloud as the severe storm moved through the area Monday afternoon.

Other parts of Berks were also hit hard by the storm, which toppled large trees in Reading, Shillington, and Wyomissing.

Thousands of Met-Ed and PPL customers also lost electricity, with most of the outages being in Greenwich, Longswamp, and Robeson townships.

The tornado came nearly two years after an EF-1 tornado, packing winds of at least 105 miles per hour, destroyed the Blue Mountain Elementary School in Tilden Township, near Hamburg, about five miles east of Shartlesville, on July 9, 2015.

For reference: the Enhanced Fujita Scale classifies tornadoes into the following categories:

  • EF-0...Wind speeds 65 to 85 mph
  • EF-1...Wind speeds 86 to 110 mph
  • EF-2...Wind speeds 111 to 135 mph
  • EF-3...Wind speeds 136 to 165 mph
  • EF-4...Wind speeds 166 to 200 mph
  • EF-5...Wind speeds greater than 200 mph

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