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Confirmed Tornado Touched Down in NJ as Fred's Remnants Slammed Region

As the remnants of Fred exit, the tropical heat and humidity will not. Highs will feel close to 90 degrees by afternoon

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What to Know

  • The remnants of Post-Tropical Cyclone Fred hit the tri-state late Wednesday into early Thursday morning, leading to at least one confirmed tornado in NJ
  • Isolated thunderstorms continued to be a threat into Thursday morning. Fortunately, there have not been reports of serious flooding
  • As the remnants of Fred exit, the tropical heat and humidity will not. Highs will feel close to 90 degrees by afternoon

The remnants of Post-Tropical Cyclone Fred brought heavy rain and thunderstorms to parts of the tri-state late Wednesday, triggering several tornado warnings across New Jersey and New York overnight before showers dissipated early Thursday.

At least one tornado has been confirmed in New Jersey. An EF-0 tornado touched down in Rockaway, in Morris County, around 2:30 a.m. Thursday.

That came among a slew of tornado warnings throughout the early morning hours for a large part of northern New Jersey and up into New York's Hudson Valley. The last of the tornado warnings concluded by 6 a.m. for parts of Dutchess and Ulster counties in New York as the damaging winds and tropical downpours continued moving northwest.

In total, about nine tornado warnings were issued for the tri-state area within a five-hour span.

Nearly 6,000 customers remained without power across the region as of 8:30 a.m.

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The worst of the rain was gone by early Thursday, but the tropical heat and humidity are expected to linger as highs peak in the mid-80s. It'll feel 10 degrees warmer, at least. A spotty shower or thunderstorm could still pop up in the afternoon, but most areas should see clouds give way to a bit of sunshine by the end of the day.

Total rainfall of 1 to 2 inches were expected for most, with up to 3 inches possible across the Lower Hudson Valley and the Catskills by the time the system moves out. Conditions stay rather quiet, cloudy and humid on Friday but more showers and thunderstorms are likely this weekend, especially with Henri lurking offshore.

Based off the latest data, the center of Henri looks to stay just far enough east of the tri-state area late Saturday night leading into Sunday, but could still clip the eastern edge of Long Island. Regardless, the storm is still expected to impact the coast, creating dangerous rip currents, rough surf, and beach erosion.

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