The National Weather Service Two more tornadoes confirmed in parts of New Jersey Saturday night as a series of severe thunderstorms continued, boosting the total to six and making this one of the largest single-day tornado outbreaks in the park state.
After inspecting areas of widespread tree damage and structural damage on Sunday, the regional weather service in Mount Holly had confirmed four tornadoes touched down during Saturday night’s violent storms. During additional site inspections Monday, the weather service determined that two more tornadoes had struck the area.
The latest confirmed tornadoes were an EF-1 that touched down in the Crosswick section of Chesterfield Township in Burlington County, and an EF-1 that touched down in the Allentown area of Monmouth County and moved into the Cream Ridge section of Upper Freehold Township. , the weather broke on Monday night.
Both of those braids have estimated peak winds of 90 mph. EF-1 is the second-lowest category of tornadoes in terms of intensity, but some of the other tornadoes that hit the state Saturday night packed winds as strong as 120 to 130 mph.
Meteorologist Michael Gorse said the weather service is still monitoring the storm and reporting damage in one location in New Jersey — the Mays section of Hamilton Township in Atlantic Landing County — but it has not yet been determined if that damage was caused by straight-line thunderstorm winds or rotating hurricane-force winds. .
On Sunday and early Monday, the weather service confirmed four tornadoes had touched down in New Jersey during Saturday’s massive storms;
- Pollucis EF-weak 1 who expounded on cinnamon in Burlington County at 6:59 p.m. and six miles, traveling east through Delran and exiting just west of Interstate 295 in Moorestown at 7:05 p.m. peak winds are estimated at 100 mph.
- The powerful EF-2 tornado, which touched down in Jackson Township in Ocean County at 7:24 p.m., stayed on the ground for three minutes, carving a path 2.1 miles long and packing peak winds of 130 mph.
- A strong EF-2 tornado that also touched down in Jackson Township at 7:27 p.m. Saturday, then passed through Howell Township in Monmouth County before being lifted at 7:28 p.m. The tornado was estimated to have a length of 0.4 miles and a peak. winds were estimated at 120 mph.
- A minor EF-2 tornado touched down at the National Guard Training Center grounds at Sea Girt in Monmouth County. This tornado was only 50 yards wide and on land only 0.14 miles from 7:42 pm to 7:44 pm, with peak winds estimated at 110 to 120 mph.
The storm was the biggest storm
New Jersey usually has an average of two tornadoes each year, but 13 Twisters were confirmed in 2021, including six that occurred in the storm on the same day in July and three remnants of Ida Tower on the same day as Sept. .
One of the tornadoes that struck in September 2021 became a Fujita-sized storm surge, with winds as strong as 150 mph, which is rare in New Jersey. That twister destroyed more than a dozen homes and sent debris high into the sky at a housing development in Gloucester County.
After a 2021 hurricane, the state had only two tornadoes confirmed in 2022, according to weather data from the weather service. The New Jersey record for most tornadoes in one year is 17 — that occurred in 1989, the year New Jersey had a major outbreak of seven tornadoes on the same day in mid-November.
These are the largest one-day tornado outbreaks on record in the Garden State, according to data from the National Weather Service’s Weather Events Database, which goes back to the 1950s;
- 7 Tornadoes – Nov. 16
- 6 turbines – April 1, 2023 (Preliminary numbers, with damage still being assessed)
- 6 Tornadoes – July 29, 2021
- 5 Tornadoes-March 10, 1964.
- 4 Tornadoes – Oct. 18
- 3 storms – Sept. 1, 2021
- 3 Tornadoes – Aug
- 3 tornado – June 13, 2019
- 3 Tornadoes – Oct. 27
- 3 storms – Sept. 23, 2003
- 3 Tornadoes—July 10, 1989
- 3 Tornadoes—March 18, 1989
- 3 Tornadoes – Aug 17 1988
- 3 Tornadoes—July 14, 1987
- 3 Tornadoes – 2 Feb
- 3 Tornadoes—June 13, 1958
- 3 Tornadoes – 10 Aug
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