National Weather Service Confirms Tornado in New Jersey Saturday
The National Weather Service has confirmed that two tornadoes touched down during a bout of severe weather in Monmouth County early Saturday.
Thousands of homes and businesses lost power early Saturday when trees and utility lines were knocked down by the storms that contained heavy rains and strong, gusty winds which barreled through the area around 7 a.m. The storms also damaged several buildings and overturned some cars, but no injuries were reported.
The first tornado ripped through the parking lot of a Home Depot on Route 9 around 7:20 a.m., with wind speeds reaching 75 mph. It was caught on video and widely shared on social media. Warning, the following video does contain strong language.
The tornado caused lots of damage across the area, including damaging the roof of the popular Ice Cream on 9 shop on Route 9 and uprooting several trees in and around the area. It traveled half a mile before dissipating.
The second tornado landed in Howell minutes later, which tracked through Oak Glen Park about 3.5 miles east of the first tornado and limited its damage to mostly trees. The second tornado, which was smaller and traveled a shorter distance than the first, also had winds reaching 75 mph.
The weather service also investigated a possible tornado in Burlington County on Saturday morning, but officials determined that was a microburst.
Story Image & Video: Brett Dzadik