On Thursday, July 29, an EF2 tornado came roaring through the area at about 7pm. An EF2 tornado packs winds of 111-135 miles per hour and can cause large trees to uproot, roofs to rip off, and cars to lift off the ground. Torrential rain accompanied the wind. While there was widespread tree loss and damage in the northwest section of the township, and a long loss of power, there were fortunately no casualties. Homes and vehicles mostly made it through the storm with only minor damage.
The storm left in its wake a power outage and more than 100 downed trees, resulting in road and park closures. Public Works crews worked through the night and the following day clearing roads so utilities could get through.
Power was restored the next day. Cleanup was expected to take about 2 weeks but may be done more quickly, thanks to the help offered by Mercer County’s Administrator Brian Hughes and Deputy Administrator Aaron Watson. The county is providing both staff and equipment to help with the downed trees.