Cleanup begins after tornado touches down in New Jersey

Posted at 10:31 AM, Jul 02, 2013
and last updated 2013-07-02 11:58:32-04

A mess would be a simple way to describe what hit multiple areas of Union County in New Jersey on Monday.

The National Weather Service confirmed late Monday night that an EF-0 tornado touched down shortly after the Monday morning commute, packing with it 85 hour per mile winds.

The tiny twister lasted about ten minutes, jumping around for five miles through parts of New Providence, Summit and Berkeley Heights. The path of destruction was scattered throughout the three towns. In some areas there down trees and power lines while in others some trees fell onto houses. Amazingly, no one was injured.

Throughout Tuesday morning, utility crews worked on restoring the power to a few hundred people who were still without it. The power was finally restored shortly after 8 in the morning, and folks were able to turn their generators off.

Berkeley Heights Mayor Joe Bruno says the town saw more damage with this small tornado than it did during Sandy. Bruno says the reverse 9-1-1 system alerted the nearly 13,000 residents to take cover and get indoors. He praises that system for the fact that no one was injured in this.

Amazingly, there have been five tornadoes to touch down in New Jersey over the past five years.