NJ tornado: Multiple homes destroyed after twister hits Mullica Hill, New Jersey

MULLICA HILL, New Jersey (WPVI) — Officials in Gloucester County, New Jersey report devastating storm damage after a tornado swept through the region on Wednesday.

Video captured multiple destroyed homes in the Mullica Hill section of the county.

Troy Bonnenberg and his children were in the basement. Minutes later, the family emerged unharmed, their belongings scattered throughout the South Jersey borough.

Bonnenberg lost the back half of his house to a tornado.

Across the street, Bonnenberg’s neighbor took the brunt of this storm. Aluminum siding, roofing, furniture and children’s toys were all piled up on a family car. The house is now uninhabitable.

“It’s terrible. You never expect something like this to happen in this area because you’re not in the Midwest,” said Robin Wilson Smith of Mullica Hill.

It is not yet clear how many homes were damaged by the storm.

“I just spoke with Mayor Lou Manzo of Harrison Township about the devastating tornado that swept through the Mullica Hill community and surrounding area tonight. We are closely monitoring the situation and will do whatever it takes to respond and recovery in the coming days,” New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy in a tweet.

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Multiple other videos of the tornado were seen in the area. In Sewell, you could hear Logan Wilson telling his family to “go to the basement” as the funnel cloud billowed past his house.

Gloucester County officials said two people were slightly injured in the storm.

County residents are asked to stay at home unless an emergency evacuation is required. Several power lines have failed and could cause injury.

Individuals seeking temporary housing can call (856) 589-0911 for assistance from the NJ Red Cross.

The municipality reports the following road closures:
Woodbury Glassboro Road from Mantua Avenue to Evergreen Circle is closed – County Crews with Deptford FD are cleaning up
Breakneck Road closed from Jackson to Deer Run – Poles & Trees Down
Heritage Road Closed from Main Street to Jackson – Poland & Trees
Main Street closed from Pontes Point to Center Street – Poles & Trees
Commissioners Pike CR 581 closed just north of CR 618 large Tree & Wires
Mantua Boulevard near Delaware Valley Florist featuring multiple poles and trees
Tanyard Road to Bankbridge Road
Route 322 from Rt 45 to Cedar to Clearview High School
High Hill Road from Route 130 to Pedricktown Road

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