The National Weather Service has confirmed that an EF-0 tornado touched down in southern Ocean County, New Jersey, Tuesday morning.
The tornado was responsible for damaged homes and flooded roads in the area, reports WNBC in New York. Many residents were left without power as well when the storm tore through the area around 10:30 a.m. Many residents were shocked at how quickly the storm hit.
"I could not believe just how fast everything went down," Gale Vanwaalwijk told WNBC. "All I heard was whistling, snaps of trees, lightning going through, heavy heavy rains and it was very, very scary."
Heavy rains led to intense flooding, mainly in southern New Jersey, and strong winds of 65 mph toppled trees throughout the region. The tornado was believed to be around 50 to 100 feet wide and two miles long, reports PIX 11. It had a maximum wind speed of 75 to 85 mph.
Ocean County is still working to fully recover from the devastation caused last year by Hurricane Sandy.