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Pair of Tornadoes Topple Trees, Cars in New Jersey Township

What to Know

  • Cindy made landfall in southwestern Louisiana as a tropical storm early Thursday; it was later downgraded to a tropical system
  • The storm has already been blamed for one death in Alabama -- a 10-year-old boy hit by debris on the beach
  • The storm remnants brought thunderstorms and potential flooding to New York City and parts of Long Island and New Jersey early Saturday

The National Weather Service in Mount Holly confirmed a pair of tornadoes in and near Howell in Monmouth County Saturday morning.

Severe thunderstorms that moved across New Jersey uprooted trees, lifted two cars with people inside and left thousands of homes and businesses without power. 

The estimated speed of the two tornadoes was 75 mph

The National Weather Service sent a mobile emergency alert about a tornado warning in Monmouth County early Saturday morning.

Some of the worst damage was reported in Howell Township near the Ideal Plaza and Home Depot on Route 9 and West Farms Road. Video showed what appeared to be a funnel cloud in the parking lot. 

Two occupied cars were lifted into each other, Howell police said. Trees were uprooted, building facades blew off, storm fronts were damaged and unsecured items were tossed into mangled piles, police said. 

No injuries were reported. 

Images of Wind Damage in New Jersey

Oak Glen Park was closed due to the many trees down across the road, police said. 

Thousands of homes and businesses were left without power in New Jersey. Nearly 10,000 utility customers were still without power late Saturday morning.

As of Saturday evening, there were still 30 PSE&G outages, and more than 300 customers JCP&L customers had no power.

Parts of New Jersey got 1 to 2 inches of rain. 

The storm cleared out of the city by 8 a.m. and Long Island by 10 a.m. Then the skies cleared for a sunny day with highs in the low 80s. 

The afternoon should be great for the beach, although bring sunscreen (UV index of 9) and beware of moderate rip currents. 

Then the humidity is expected to drop and make way for really nice weather the rest of the week, with highs in the low 80s. 

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TCindy, already blamed for one death in Alabama, made landfall in southwestern Louisiana as a tropical storm early Thursday. The storm's maximum sustained winds had decreased to near 40 mph (64 kph) Thursday morning. It was later downgraded to a tropical depression and is continuing to weaken.

The severe weather arrived on the anniversary of torrential rains and flooding that left 23 people dead in West Virginia last year.

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