Weather Service Probes Damage in New Jersey to Determine if Tornado Hit

August 21, 2020

National Weather Service officials on Thursday were trying to determine if a tornado touched down as a severe thunderstorm moved across a portion of New Jersey.

Heavy rain and powerful winds sent residents scrambling in the Lincroft section of Middletown on Wednesday.

A tornado warning was in effect at the time.

Homeowner Ben Harris told the Asbury Park Press he hurried his family into the basement of their home as the storm approached. “When we got to the basement, you heard everything just stop, it just went quiet,” said Harris. “I think it was a tornado because I never heard anything go silent like that.”

Dozens of trees came down, including a 70-foot tree that fell through the roof of a home. Hundreds of homes and businesses lost electricity.

No injuries were reported.

The weather service was surveying the damage and was reviewing radar data.

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