A tornado briefly touched down in Aberdeen and Hazlet around 5:10 p.m. Friday, according to the National Weather Service in Mount Holly.
The tornado touched down in Aberdeen behind Highline Arena and moved across the Garden State Parkway into the residential area of Hazlet along Bedle Road, according to the National Weather Service. The tornado was rated on the Enhanced Fujita Scale with an intensity of EF-0, considered weak. The maximum wind is estimated to be 85 mph.
According to the National Weather Service, several large tree branches were washed away and a few tree trunks were snapped, causing damage to utility poles and power lines. Trees and fences were also uprooted.
Between Sophia Drive and Carlow Way, approximately a dozen homes “sustained cosmetic damage including blown vinyl siding, soffit damage, gutter damage and/or blown roof shingles”.
A tree also fell on a house and caused structural damage to a roof, according to the National Weather Service.
Along Park View Drive, a few trees were uprooted and a utility pole was damaged. Near Linda Place, Beers Street and Rutgers Street, a few homes suffered “minor cosmetic damage,” according to the National Weather Service.
Although the tornado dissipated in the neighborhood before reaching Route 35, four utility poles were knocked down or snapped according to the National Weather Service.
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“The pole damage was determined to have been caused by straight-line winds,” according to the National Weather Service.
In total, the tornado lasted about a minute and traveled a length of 0.8 miles. According to the National Weather Service, no deaths or injuries were reported.
Olivia Liu is a journalist covering transport, Red Bank and West Monmouth County. She can be contacted at [email protected]