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See a Tornado Touch Down in New Jersey | News 4 Now
Damaging winds, torrential rain, hail — and even a tornado — hit the tri-state area Wednesday, bringing flash flooding and downed power lines through the afternoon and the peak evening rush.
Just after 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Storm Team 4 recorded more than 160 lightning strikes in just 15 minutes west of Newark. Severe thunderstorm warnings were issued for a number of New Jersey and Hudson Valley counties until just before 6 p.m., where Storm Team 4 warned potential 60 mph winds and penny-sized hail were expected. Monmouth County was issued a severe thunderstorm warning until 6:30 p.m.
The National Weather Service confirmed that a tornado did touch down in Springfield, New Jersey, around 2:45 p.m. near Route 22 and Springfield Avenue.
The first band of storms started moving into the area shortly after 1 p.m., with powerful cells hitting northern, central and southern coastal New Jersey all around the same time. Some of those storms moved closer to the city and walloped the city and surrounding counties briefly before moving on.
A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect for the entire tri-state area, including all five boroughs of NYC, until 9 p.m. And all major local airports — LaGuardia, JFK and Newark — had called ground stops by early afternoon as the storms tore through, and the stops were still in effect for flights arriving to those airports Wednesday evening.
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