Five tornadoes confirmed in last week’s storm, dozens of homes damaged

Second-biggest tornado outbreak in state history

The National Weather Service has confirmed that five tornadoes touched down in New Jersey last week. Meteorologists say two tornadoes tore through Mercer County; one in Washington Crossing State Park, where multiple trees were damaged. Meteorologists estimate the tornado’s top winds reached 115 miles per hour. Another tornado hit the Windsor section of Robbinsville.

Confirmations of these two tornadoes come after meteorologists confirmed a tornado touched down in Verona, Essex County and two more in Ocean County, where three people were injured and dozens of homes were damaged on Long Beach Island. Last Thursday’s storm now ties for the second-biggest tornado outbreak on record in state history, going back to 1950. The biggest outbreak — seven tornadoes in one day — was in 1989.

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