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Tornado Touches Down at NJ Building: Flips Car, Damages Roof



    Tornado Touches Down in Mount Laurel

    The fire department, the police and the power company were securing the parameters of the parking lot at the Mount Laural Industrial Plaza; making sure building was in stable condition and, evacuating the premises after a funnel cloud formed. Further analyzations are being conducted to determine if what formed was a tornado and its strength.

    (Published Saturday, July 6, 2019)

    A landspout tornado touched down in New Jersey's Burlington County Saturday afternoon, the National Weather Service confirmed.

    The weak twister hit Mount Laurel in the area between Interstate 295 and the New Jersey Turnpike around 2 p.m. and sustained winds up to 70 mph.

    It touched down in a commercial warehouse parking lot, according to the NSW. The tornado then passed over an adjoining warehouse, causing minor roof damage. Two air conditioning units were torn off and thrown.

    Video posted to the Mount Laurel Fire Department Facebook page showed the tornado spiraling in the distance as cars passed. A separate video showed a small black car suddenly lift and flip over.

    "It was a little scarry," witness Jonathan Mazanec said. "I'm a big boy, but it scared me."

    Pennsylvania has already experienced 33 tornadoes in 2019. The state average is 16 per year.

    The Enhanced Fujita Scale classifies an EF-0 as a weak tornado with 65 to 85 mile-per-hour winds.

    According to NBC10 Meteorologist Tammie Souza, a landspout torando starts at the ground and goes upward with no main connection to the storm. They are short-lived and very narrow with small paths.