Jackson Township, New Jersey (WABC) — Cleanup efforts continued across New Jersey on Monday after the National Weather Service confirmed four tornadoes had landed on Saturday, with up to three more under investigation.
The tornado made landfall in Howell Township, Jackson Township, Cinnaminson, and Sea Girt. Local authorities declared a disaster emergency on Sunday as residents began clearing debris.
The Jackson Township tornado was confirmed to be an EF-2 with winds of 130 mph, and another tornado that started in Jackson and ended in Howell was also rated EF-2.
Cleanup is expected to continue over the next few days due to extensive damage from fallen trees.
Schools in Jackson and Howell Townships were closed Monday after tree damage and many roofs were badly damaged.
The Jackson School District reopened on its normal schedule on Tuesday, and officials said power was restored to all schools there.
On Monday, residents said they were counting blessings that no one was hurt.
“We cut down a lot of trees, but thank God we didn’t do much damage to the building. Trees fell in all directions and gutters were out of the garage. Here’s what we’ve seen No. I don’t like it,” said Jackson resident Darren Hoffman, who says it could have been worse.
Six Flags Great Adventures and Safaris will be closed until Wednesday to ensure the safety of our employees and guests.
Shelters were open for displaced persons and water was distributed in some areas of Ocean County.
This was the same storm system that left a trail of destruction in the Midwest.
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