Brutal Storms, Possible Tornado Blast Tri-State

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Severe storms - and a possible tornado - blasted through our area Wednesday, leaving a trail of damage behind. The region was hit with damaging winds, flooding, rain, and hail from late in the afternoon through the evening.

The National Weather Service issued a severe storm warning, as well as a flash flood watch for several parts of the tri-state including Sussex County where residents claimed to have seen a tornado. Officials are still investigating that claim.

The wicked weather knocked down trees, blow off rooftops, and even knocked out power to some neighborhoods in and around the New York City area. As of yet, no injuries have been reported, police said.


According to a spokesperson for ConEd, 650 customers - mostly on Staten Island - lost power due to the storm, while PSE&G says somewhere between 5,000 and 10,000 customers in Essex and Middlesex Counties experienced outages.

The wicked weather also caused up to three hour delays at area airports, including Newark Liberty, JFK International, and LaGuardia.

Several roads in New Jersey experienced flooding that caused major headaches to commuters on their way home. State police said there were reports of as much as 4 to 5 feet of water in the parkway underpasses.

Another storm system is expected to pound the area on Friday and sometime this weekend.


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