Tornadoes touch down in New Jersey; thousands without power

1010 WINS Newsroom
August 04, 2020 - 4:00 pm

TRENTON, N.J. (1010 WINS) -- At least one tornado touched down in New Jersey on Tuesday as Tropical Storm Isaias battered the Tri-State area. 

The National Weather Service confirmed a small tornado touched down in Cape May County. Another was sighted in Ocean City, according to News 12 New Jersey.

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A tornado watch is also in effect for Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Somerset, Sussex and Warren counties until 4 p.m.

Gov. Phil Murphy had already declared a state of emergency for the state beginning at 5 a.m. 

Motorists are warned to stay off the roads "unless absolutely necessary." There is no travel ban at this time.

"If you MUST drive, take it slow, use caution, and leave extra time to get to your destination," Murphy tweeted late Monday.

During his daily briefing on Tuesday, the governor reiterated that this storm is not to be taken lightly.

“According to the forecasters, this is a relatively fast-moving system and should be well on its way out of our neighborhood by later tonight and into tomorrow,” he said.

All state offices will be closed Tuesday and non-essential government personnel should not report to work for their normal shift. 

Powerful winds and heavy rain from Isaias had knocked out power to hundreds of thousands of New Jersey homes and businesses by 2 p.m. on Tuesday.

An estimate 784,000 homes and businesses were without power as more were expected throughout the day. 

“Given the expected winds, we should not be surprised to experience power outages across the state,” Murphy warned.

He has Tweeted a list of power outage numbers for all providers in the state.

Winds as high as 75 mph are expected to continue throughout the day as Isaias moves through our area.

Residents have been told to take down all temporary structures, including outdoor dining tents and umbrellas, secure loose furniture and other objects and charge all devices.

The State Emergency Operations Center will be open throughout the storm.