NWS: Likely no tornado during line of overnight severe storms

A snapped tree in East Windsor, NJ Monday morning. (Image courtesy of Mary Keysper via JSHN/Facebook)

A snapped tree in East Windsor, NJ Monday morning. (Image courtesy of Mary Keysper via JSHN/Facebook)

New Jerseyans are cleaning up after severe weather roared through state, disrupting travel and knocking out power to thousands of utility customers.

The storms — containing heavy rains, lightning and strong winds — hit the state early Monday, spawning a tornado watch and flooding roadways in some areas. The weather also caused the roof to collapse at an apartment complex in Camden, though no injuries were reported.

Nick Carr, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service office in Mount Holly, said the damage is “like you’d expect to see” with a line of severe storms.

“With winds in the 60 to 65 mile per hour range, you will typically see some shingle damage (on roofs) plus downed trees and limbs,” he said, adding that while there was “some hint of rotation on radar” near Philadelphia, there’s no hard evidence of a tornado.

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“The damage (reports) are more consistent with straight-line winds,” Carr said.

Commenters on Jersey Shore Hurricane News’ Facebook page reported intense conditions, with many noting “insane” wind.

“There is not enough coffee for today,” quipped Stephanie Posa.

Rail service on New Jersey Transit’s North Jersey Coast Line was suspended in both directions because of a downed tree near Middletown. NJ Transit bus and private carriers were accepting rail tickets and passes.

Route 70 in Manchester remained closed during the Monday morning rush hour due to a downed pole and wires.

More than 20,000 utility customers lost power when the storms hit, though crews were able to quickly restore service to most customers. Schools in Manchester were closed Monday due to “ongoing power issues,” according to the school district.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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