The National Weather Service has confirmed that an EF-2 tornado touched down in Newburgh during the storm that came through the area on Saturday.
The report from the National Weather Service says the tornado started at 8:18 p.m. on Saturday night on the Kentucky side of the Ohio River when it crossed the river coming back on land near downtown Newburgh hitting the area with estimated peak winds of 125 miles per hour. The report shows the tornado traveled slightly north and east crossing State Road 66 near the intersection with Sharon Road and continuing past Brumley Road between Outer Lincoln Avenue and Sharon Road before State Road 61.
The report states that five homes lost at least portions of their roof, and at least one home lost some of its second story walls while dozens of other homes received moderate to major damage. According to the report, hundreds of trees were snapped or uprooted.
In addition, the report states that dozens of small buildings, garages, and other small structures were damaged and many power lines were either blown down or brought down by fallen trees. According to the report, at least two people were treated and released from area hospitals. The report states that the tornado was photographed near the beginning of its track along the Ohio River.
The Town of Newburgh issued a release on Monday announcing that the Rivertown Trail will be closed until further notice and that building permit fees will be waived following the storm. The release notes that the town is now under two states of emergency after the storm since there was already a state of emergency in place regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to the release, the trail isn’t only closed due to damage from the storm. The release states that the closure is in place for the privacy of the homeowners that suffered damage, for crews to continue cleanup and to ensure social distancing.
In addition, the release states that all other town owned parks have been closed including the Veterans Monument, Lou Dennis Community Park, the Old Lock and Dam Park, Indian Hill Overlook Park, Kiwanis Community Park and the AMAX Fields.
While the release states that all building permit fees will be waived for residents that suffered damage from the tornado, it also states residents must still apply for a permit.
“All of us, residents and town, are dealing with debris on a large scale,” the release stated noting that the county landfill takes yard waste and Brewer Farms is taking branches and trees. In addition, the release states that Advanced Disposal will be taking tree limbs under certain conditions.
“The town will continue to assess resources as we move forward to see what we are able to do to assist residents,” the release states.
The release reminds that town offices are still closed to the public, but official business can still be handled over the phone at 812-853-1720 or online at www.newburgh-in.gov.