Two Tornadoes Now Confirmed in South Jersey Storm That Struck Thursday Night

Weather officials previously believed one tornado may have touched down twice. But new data says two tornadoes actually touched down.

What to Know

  • A discontinuous tornado hit Mullica Hill as an EF0 and Deptford Township as an EF1 storm Thursday night.
  • The tornado was part of a series of storms that left damage across some South Jersey towns.
  • No injuries were reported.

The National Weather Service now says two tornadoes struck in South Jersey during a severe storm Thursday evening, revising earlier data that suggested a single non-continuous tornado may have touched down twice.

The first tornado struck about 8:15 p.m. in Mullica Hill, Gloucester County, in a development near Saddle Court, the NWS said Friday.

The second tornado touched down about 8:30 p.m. in Deptford, Gloucester County, and eventually ended about five minutes later after carving through a portion of the Blackwood section of Gloucester Township, Camden County, the NWS said.

A viewer shared videos of the tornado on social media.

Forecasters saw video of a clear funnel cloud with some small debris being lifted in Mullica Hill around 8:15 p.m. A survey team on Friday determined it was an EF0 (winds of 65 to 85 mph) storm.

Mullica Hill is about 30 miles southeast of Philadelphia.

The second tornado was stronger, with EF1 winds of 86 to 110 miles per hour that caused damage in Deptford.

Damage to a backyard in Mullica Hill and several uprooted trees did damage to homes in Blackwood, the NWS said.

No injuries or deaths occurred.

Tornado warnings were also in effect for Burlington, Camden, Gloucester and Ocean counties in New Jersey as well as Delaware County in Pennsylvania. All of the warnings later expired.

A Thursday night tornado hit Mullica Hill while the severe storms toppled trees in Deptford. 

There were reports of some power outages in South Jersey, including Blackwood Elementary School about 10 miles east of Mullica Hill, which was closed Friday due to an outage. The storm didn't leave an impact on any other schools in the Gloucester Township Public Schools district.

A Flash Flood Warning was also in effect for Philadelphia, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties in Pennsylvania as well as New Castle County in Delaware until 11:45 p.m.

There were multiple reports of flooding and storm damage throughout South Jersey and the Philadelphia region. Flooding on I-76 eastbound in Philadelphia led to several lane restrictions.

Keep track of all the weather alerts throughout the night here and download the NBC10 app for the latest weather updates.

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