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Tornado touches down briefly in NJ; no injuries reported

May 22, 2022 GMT

HAZLET, N.J. (AP) — Weather authorities say a tornado touched down briefly last week in New Jersey and crossed the Garden State Parkway while moving from one residential area to another, but no injuries were reported.

The National Weather Service office in Mount Holly says the EF-0 tornado packing peak winds estimated at 85 mph touched down in Strathmore in Monmouth County shortly after 5 p.m. Friday.

Officials said the tornado traveled for almost a mile to Hazlet Township, ripping off large tree limbs and snapping some tree trunks as well as damaging utility poles and tower lines.

At least a dozen homes in a residential neighborhood sustained what was called “cosmetic damage” including vinyl siding and roof shingles blown off. A tree fell onto one home, causing some structural damage to the roof.

Officials said the storm then crossed the Garden State Parkway and headed for another residential area, uprooting some trees and tearing off some tree limbs. A few homes sustained minor damage and some utility poles were toppled or broken by straight line winds.

Forecasters said no injuries were reported.