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Forecasters: At least 3 tornadoes touched down in New Jersey

July 30, 2021 GMT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The National Weather Service on Friday confirmed at least three small tornadoes touched down in New Jersey, and forecasters examined whether there were others that followed a line of thunderstorms that also spawned twisters in eastern Pennsylvania.

An EF0 tornado, packing winds of 65 mph, briefly touched down in Essex County, the National Weather Service in New York City said. It severely damaged a home and uprooted trees in Verona, forecasters said.

The weather service’s Mount Holly office confirmed two separate tornadoes touched down Thursday in southern Ocean County, in Waretown and Barnegat Township. The one Barnegat one was an EF1 and the Waretown tornado, originally called an EF1, was adjusted Friday evening to an EF2, with peaks winds up to 115 mph.

Later Friday, it was confirmed that two more tornadoes had touched down Thursday - an EF1 in Plumstead Township in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, and an EF2 near New Hope, Pennsylvania, that moved across the Delaware River to Mercer County.

Meanwhile, survey teams were still checking other damage left behind as the storms on Thursday crossed the Delaware River and moved across the state to the New Jersey shore.

Strong winds downed trees and power lines near Trenton and Hopewell in Mercer County. There also were reports of wind, rain and hail damage in Ocean County’s Lakehurst and in Burlington County’s Willingboro and Mount Holly.

There were no reports of injuries.

Forecasters issued 12 tornado warnings for New Jersey on Thursday.

New Jersey had already seen three small tornados in July, the weather service determined. There were two twisters in Little Egg Harbor in Ocean County and Woodbine in Cape May County as Tropical Storm Elsa moved up the coast, and a tornado struck a portion of Burlington County on July 17.

The National Weather Service confirmed two tornadoes touched down Thursday in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.