Did a tornado touch down in a South Jersey neighborhood on Thursday?
Thunderstorms that moved across New Jersey were responsible for a tornado in Camden County around dawn on Thursday, according to the National Weather Service.
The survey team has determined an EF-1 tornado with estimated peak winds of 90 mph moved through the Blackwood section of Glouceter Township in Camden County. More details about the storm including its path will be released later Thursday.
Most people heard the thunderstorms but residents of the Deer Park development located in the Sicklerville section of Gloucester Township reported damage including a tree that went through the roof of at least one home.
Trees also fell onto several vehicles parked vehicles, according to Gloucester Township police.
Officers went door-to-door to check on residents and determined no one was injured and no houses suffered substantial damage.
Power was also knocked out by the storm but was quickly restored.
New Jersey's second tornado of the year?
New Jersey 101.5 Chief Meteorologist Dan Zarrow said the storm escalated quickly, living up to forecasts that predicted a "super soaker."
"Heavy rain can push out a tremendous amount of air — wind. And if that wind starts rotating, you can get a little spin up — a tornado," Zarrow said.
Zarrow said the tornado is New Jersey's second of 2022. The first was that quick Hazlet touchdown in May. The state averages three tornadoes a year but in 2021 the state had 13 confirmed tornadoes, according to the NJ State Climate Office.
"This was also NJ's second tornado in a row where the spin-up was so quick no Tornado Warning was issued. That just illustrates that we always must stay vigilant to unexpected surprises whenever severe weather is in the forecast," Zarrow said.