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Ramsey, NJ Storm Damage On July 1, 2001


On Sunday afternoon, July 1, 2001 at 2:43 pm EDT a Severe Thunderstorm Watch was issued by the Storm Prediction Center located in Norman, OK for areas of the Northeast including Northern NJ and Southeastern NY. This Watch covered the time period from 3:00 pm to 9:00 pm EDT.

At 4:53 pm EDT the NWS located in Upton, NY issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Bergen County (text of the actual Warning is below). Even as the Warning was being issued, a Bergen County SKYWARN Net was already being called as Spotters in the Ramsey NJ area were on top of rapidly developing and  possibly severe weather. Several reportable weather events, including high wind gusts and short term torrential rain, were directly called into the NWS by SKYWARN Spotters in Northern Bergen County as the storm passed over that area. 

During the Bergen County SKYWARN Net, on the air from 4:56 to 5:31 pm EDT, several additional reports of heavy rain and wind gusts were received from Spotters located in other areas of the County; these were also forwarded to the NWS. As the storm line moved out of the N NJ area, the Warning was allowed to expire at 5:30 pm EDT and the Watch was cancelled at 7:00 pm EDT.

Below are pictures documenting the actual Storm Damage in Ramsey, NJ from this weather incident. The descriptions and photographs shown below are courtesy of Members of the Ramsey NJ Office of Emergency Management and Stephen Goeller, Rockland County NY Deputy SKYWARN Coordinator.


The southwest corner of Ramsey bore the brunt of a severe storm, with damaging straight-line winds, on a quiet Sunday afternoon.  This is all that is left of a tree on Refy Avenue

A home on Refy Avenue sustained minor damages, but the front lawn will need a major clean-up. 

A large tree fell from a backyard and blocked the eastbound Conrail/NJTransit track.  An emergency crew has cut most of the branch

The track was closed for four hours before train traffic was allowed to proceed.

A close-up indicates what homeowners fear—rotting trees are susceptible in 47 MPH winds

This tree has fallen between two homes.  A direct hit would have pulverized either ranch house.

 

Trees do not always snap and break.  Sometimes they “rip”.

Bergen County SKYWARN Coordinator Mike Adams is on the scene, with Ramsey OEM vehicle #422.

Looking toward the heavens, the wrath of the one-minute rampage is clearly visible.

Adams has just conferred with concerned residents and surveys their damage.  Amazingly, insurance paid for much of this clean-up.


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BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED

SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NEW YORK NY

453 PM EDT SUN JUL 1 2001

 

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN UPTON NY HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR...

NORTHERN BERGEN COUNTY IN NORTHEAST NEW JERSEY

 

* UNTIL 530 PM EDT

 

* AT 451 PM EDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED

A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM OVER RAMSEY...MOVING SOUTHEAST AT 30 MPH.

REPORT SEVERE WEATHER TO THE NEAREST LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY. THEY

WILL RELAY YOUR REPORT TO THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST

OFFICE IN UPTON NY.

 

A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 900 PM EDT SUNDAY

EVENING FOR SOUTHERN CONNECTICUT AND NORTHEAST NEW JERSEY AND

SOUTHEAST NEW YORK.

LAT...LON 4112 7420 4098 7426 4084 7397 4099 7389

 

AFFECTED COUNTIES:

IN NEW JERSEY: BERGEN.

 


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