SPC Stats

Path length: 1 miles

Width:  20 yards

Fatalities:  2

Injuries:  9

Rating:  F2

County:  Kent

Nine tornadoes are found in the SPC Database for July 21, 1983. The strongest was rated F3 in Ocean County, NJ.  The deadliest though was an F2 that briefly hit the northern parts of Hartly in Kent County, DE.  Two women were killed in separate mobile homes.  The tornado moved for about 1 mile parallel to Route 44.  Several homes and barns were damaged.  I found newspaper articles that described vehicles blown off of roads.  Part of a chicken house ended up in a neighbor’s garage.  

Tornado Path

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SPC coordinates:  Start: 39.17 / -75.72

Note:  Exact tornado path may not be straight and/or continuous.

Newspaper Clippings

Sources:

The Storm Prediction Center

NCDC Storm Events Database

July 1951 Climatological Data National Summary

newspapers.com

Grazulis, Thomas P. (1993). Significant Tornadoes 1680-1991: A Chronology and Analysis of Events. St. Johnsbury, VT: The Tornado Project of Environmental Films. Page 1251.

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