EF2 Tornado Rips Roofs Off NJ Homes In Path Of Destruction

LONG BEACH TOWNSHIP, NJ — Severe storms caused significant damage across the region Thursday night, damaging more than 35 homes and multiple boats in the High Bar Harbor portion of Long Beach Township, police said.

The tornado blew the roofs of several homes and damaged several utility poles in the area, according to the Long Beach Township Police Department.

The National Weather Service will continue to map storm damage in the affected areas on Friday and is calling on people to report any damage in their neighborhoods. More information about the storms will be provided Friday evening, the National Weather Service said in a morning update.

The Long Beach Township Police Department has placed dumpsters for residents in High Bar Harbor to clear debris around their homes.

“It was like a freight train,” says Mike Maron of High Bar Harbor. His family took shelter on the ground floor of their home when the tornado warning was issued on Thursday evening.

Friday at 5:15 pm he was still helping his neighbor whose house had been damaged after the storm.

“It’s incredible to see neighbors helping neighbors clean up. All of High Bar Harbor is helping,” Maron said.

Long Beach Township Police said officers responded to three 911 calls for medical attention in High Bar Harbor at 9:22 p.m. Thursday.

Three residents were treated at the scene for cuts. Several people were evacuated and taken to the Barnegat Light Firehouse for shelter.

The latest tornado touchdown comes less than a month after a tornado hit Ocean County in Little Egg Harbor. RELATED: 2 Tornadoes Confirmed in South Jersey During Tropical Storm Elsa

Tornadoes were also observed in Burlington County on Thursday. No major damage was reported Thursday night, Burlington County spokesman David Levinsky said.

In Bucks County, Pennsylvania, the suspected tornadoes caused severe damage, ripping the roof of an entire car dealership.

This story includes reporting from additional Patch employees

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