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Boyd

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Turns out that Wednesday's storm was actually a "derecho", like the storm we had in 2012 (although that was a "super derecho") https://forums.njpinebarrens.com/threads/here-comes-the-hot-weather.8394/page-2#post-99809
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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MOUNT HOLLY NJ
409 PM EDT THU JUN 4 2020

...ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON JUNE 3, 2020 DERECHO...

A DERECHO, DEFINED AS A LONG-LIVED AND EXPANSIVE THUNDERSTORM WIND
COMPLEX THAT PRODUCES WIDESPREAD SWATHS OF DAMAGING AND OFTEN
SIGNIFICANT WIND GUSTS OVER A PATH GREATER THAN 240 MILES IN LENGTH,
DEVELOPED JUST SOUTHEAST OF LAKE ERIE DURING THE EARLY MORNING HOURS
OF JUNE 3, 2020. DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS OF 60 MPH WERE SPORADIC
IN WESTERN AND CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA, BUT AS THE THUNDERSTORM COMPLEX
MOVED INTO INCREASINGLY UNSTABLE AIR IN THE EASTERN PART OF THE
STATE JUST BEFORE NOON, WIND DAMAGE REPORTS BECAME MORE NUMEROUS AND
WIDESPREAD. BY THE TIME THE DERECHO MOVED OFF THE COAST AROUND 130
PM, OVER 250 WIND DAMAGE REPORTS WERE RECEIVED BY THIS OFFICE FROM
EMERGENCY MANAGERS, TRAINED SKYWARN SPOTTERS, AND THE GENERAL
PUBLIC. MOST OF THESE REPORTS WERE LOCATED WITHIN A 50-MILE WIDE

SWATH EXTENDING FROM BERKS COUNTY EASTWARD TO THE PHILADELPHIA METRO
AREA, THEN FURTHER EAST TO THE OCEAN COUNTY SHORELINE IN NEW JERSEY.
WIND GUST REPORTS BETWEEN 60 AND 70 MPH WERE COMMON, WITH SOME OF
THE HIGHEST GUSTS AS FOLLOWS: 93 MPH AT BEACH HAVEN, NJ (OCEAN
COUNTY), 92 MPH AT SURF CITY, NJ (OCEAN COUNTY), 83 MPH AT READING
REGIONAL AIRPORT, PA (BERKS COUNTY), 76 MPH IN POTTSTOWN, PA

(MONTGOMERY COUNTY), AND 76 MPH IN BRIELLE, NJ (MONMOUTH COUNTY). IN
ADDITION TO DESTRUCTIVE WIND GUSTS, FREQUENT TO CONTINUOUS LIGHTNING
AND HEAVY DOWNPOURS WERE ALSO EXPERIENCED THROUGHOUT THE AREA.

TRAGICALLY, FOUR DEATHS WERE REPORTED IN THE NWS MOUNT HOLLY AREA OF
RESPONSIBILITY FROM THIS DERECHO. THREE FATALITIES IN MONTGOMERY
COUNTY WERE DUE DIRECTLY TO FALLING TREES, WITH THE FOURTH FATALITY
IN DELAWARE COUNTY DUE TO A HOUSE FIRE CAUSED BY AN ELECTRICAL
MALFUNCTION FROM A FALLEN TREE. THIS IS THE HIGHEST NUMBER OF
FATALITIES FROM A DERECHO EVENT IN THE AREA SINCE 1950.

BECAUSE THIS DERECHO MOVED OFF THE COAST BY 200 PM, THE WARM
AFTERNOON SUN WAS ABLE TO SUFFICIENTLY DESTABILIZE THE ATMOSPHERE
FOR THE FORMATION OF ANOTHER ROUND OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS OVER
SOME OF THE SAME AREAS WHICH EXPERIENCED THEM EARLIER IN THE DAY.
REPORTED WIND GUSTS ASSOCIATED WITH THESE THUNDERSTORMS GENERALLY
RANGED BETWEEN 45 AND 65 MPH, WITH A 68 MPH WIND GUST MEASURED AT
THE PHILADELPHIA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT. THE REMAINING
THUNDERSTORMS THEN MOVED OFFSHORE BY 1000 PM, WHICH BROUGHT AN END
TO THE DAY’S SEVERE WEATHER.
 

bobpbx

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I can vouch as to the ferocity. When it hit me it was a swirling mass of rain and high gusting, changing winds. They say 'straight line', but these seemed turbulent. Could have been the effect of straight winds hitting trees already fully leafed out. I had to clean thousands of pine flowers off my decks and driveway. This is a view of the road after a few cars went by.
 

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Apparently a tree in my yard had some rot in it, and the big storm passing through today took a branch down. Unfortuantly, it also took down the electric line, cable line and the old telephone line to my house. Fortuantly, the cable and electric still work. Comcast was out in no time and fixed the line and all is well; however, the electric company is a different story. The old phone line should be removed tomorrow.


The line is just held in the tree. Hopefully, another storm does not come soon or it will rip my electric box off the house. It already is almost fully off. The cable line is replaced already as you can see.

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The police came recently and taped the yard off because the electric line is over the sidewalk. The phone line goes across the road. I can see someone yanking on it and pulling my siding off.

So my kids planted flowers at the location the tree was removed, and today while Jessica was watering them these popped out. There are at least two others still hiding in there.

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bobpbx

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Bunnies are sweet!

The tree went down looks like a bradford pear. They plant them in developments cause they grow fast and have nice flowers. A very weak tree though.