Camden County

Tornado With 90 MPH Winds Damages Homes in Camden County, NJ

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A tornado briefly touched down in Camden County, New Jersey, Thursday morning, leaving behind uprooted trees and damaging several homes.

The EF1 twister hit the Blackwood neighborhood around 5 a.m., according to the NWS. It had estimated peak winds around 90 mph, the weather service said. There were no reports of injuries.

The NWS said Thursday morning that the tornado “developed very fast, and did not last long."

The tornado first touched down along "Erial Road just on the other side of the Marksmen Landscaping Company" then moved toward the Deer Park development, the NWS said in its report. In total, it travelled about a quarter mile.

The twister, with a maximum width of 60 yards, spent only about two minutes touching down, the NWS said.

NBC10 First Alert Weather meteorologist Steve Sosna breaks down the pattern of early Thursday morning thunderstorms that may have spawned a quick tornado in part of Camden County, New Jersey.

NBC10’s SkyForce10 helicopter showed uprooted trees, some of which fell on top of houses in the residential neighborhood. Gloucester Township police said on Facebook that officers and local firefighters responded to damage in the neighborhood.

Workers could be seen in various properties cutting down and clearing trees.

The damage occurred within a line of severe thunderstorms that was crossing the area, bringing blinding downpours, intense lightning and thunder, along with pockets of damaging winds. Severe thunderstorm warnings were in effect for the area warning of 60 mph wind gusts, but no tornado warning was ever issued by the National Weather Service.

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