Some powerful isolated storms moved across the tri-state area early Wednesday, bringing down trees and even triggering a tornado warning in one New Jersey county.
The storms came through Monmouth County mid-morning on Wednesday, and were strong enough to bring a tree down on a house in Lincroft — the family inside had just moved in only two days ago. The tornado warning was allowed to expire at 10:30 a.m., but not before that newly purchased home had a previously healthy tree go right through its roof. Thankfully, no injuries were reported.
Many believe a tornado may have made landfall at the campus of nearby Brookdale College, with a baseball field fence left bent and aluminum bleachers overturned. The National Weather Service said it would review the damage to determine if a tornado really did hit the town.
At one point it got so dark with clouds blacking out the sky, Brookdale Police Chief Rob Kilmer said that "it looked like it was 3 o'clock in the morning in about a minute."
Elsewhere, the storm carried high winds and heavy rains that lashed houses and flooded some streets. Parts of New York City were blasted hard early with torrential rain. The downpours were brief and quickly made way for bright sun before skies turned cloudy again as more storms approached. Thunder boomed in Brooklyn by 10 a.m. while rapid rain fell in New Jersey's Bergen and Hudson counties as the system headed toward the Bronx.
After temperatures capped out around 80 during the day, much cooler and drier air is expected to move in overnight, according to Storm Team 4. With the clouds gone, Thursday looks to be glorious with sunny skies and temperatures in the low 80s. The heat cranks up back to around 86 by Friday and higher still, near 90, on Saturday with partly sunny skies, Storm Team 4 says.
The chance for thunderstorms returns Sunday and lingers into Monday, when the tri-state area could see temperatures hit 90 degrees again.
Track the approaching storms using our interactive radar below.