Multiple tornadoes swept through New Jersey, tearing and flattening homes as the remnants of Hurricane Ida hit the tri-state region in furious downpours on Wednesday.
As images of flattened and dissected homes in South Jersey circulated on social media, the National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for the Big Apple and lower Westchester County to the city of New Rochelle.
“Take refuge now in a basement or an interior room on the ground floor of a solid building,” the warning reads. “If you are outdoors, in a mobile home or in a vehicle, move to the nearest substantial shelter.”
The alert was lifted before 10 p.m. Wednesday, but a lesser Tornado Watch alert remained in effect across the region until 1 a.m. Thursday, according to the NWS.
The alert included the five boroughs, Long Island, Westchester and Rockland as well as Fairfield County, Connecticut and the northern New Jersey counties of Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Passaic and Union. Flash flood warnings were in effect across much of the region.
Flash flood warnings were in effect across much of the region.
A handful of houses in residential Mullica Hill were flattened and the wind blew away roofs and pieces of siding from other houses, as videos of the damage show on social media.
At least nine homes have been destroyed in the community, NBC Philadelphia reported.
Other videos on social media show a disturbing and swift cyclone seen from a backyard in Mullica Hill as trees sway violently in the distance.
“We have a major tornado coming this way,” says the video shooter.
“Holy shit”, he adds before calling someone “this is definitely a tornado”.
All of southern New Jersey remains under tornado watch.
The Garden State and more have been hit by at least three tornadoes, in Burlington County, Camden County and elsewhere.
Much of the area in Pennsylvania was hit by Ida, prompting tornado warnings and torrential rains that led to evacuations throughout the region.
A teenager was dead and two people missing from an apparent tornado near Chesapeake Bay in Maryland, The Associated Press reported.
With more than 5 inches of rain by mid-afternoon on Wednesday, an official ordered the evacuation of communities downstream of the Wilmore Dam as water submerged the area.
According to the AP, flash floods clubbed about 20 homes and swept away trailers in western Virginia, where dozens had to be evacuated.
With post wires