It’s official: A tornado touched down in NJ

    Some residents of Monmouth County thought they saw a tornado Tuesday afternoon, and they were right.

    The Weather Service confirmed yesterday that a small twister along Route 33 in Millstone Township. It stayed on the ground for about half a mile with a path 50 yards wide.

    No one was injured and no homes were damaged, but the tornado brought down some trees and numerous tree branches.

    It was the first confirmed tornado touchdown in New Jersey this year–weather experts say tornadoes are rare in New Jersey because of its temperate climate.

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