PARAMUS, N.J. (PIX11) — The storm that carved a path of destruction in two minutes through a New Jersey community on Monday afternoon was indeed a tornado, the National Weather Service has announced.
Weather service officials conducted an investigation in Paramus on Tuesday, determining that a tornado touched down shortly before 3:20 p.m.Monday and left a 1 1/4-mile path of damage.
Numerous trees were “uprooted and snapped” off in a cemetery and at two golf courses, agency officials said.
The survey team estimated the damage was the work of an EF-1 tornado, which is capable of producing winds of between 86 and 110 mph. No injuries or fatalities were reported with the twister.
Much of the tri-state area was under a tornado watch on Monday as a strong cold front barreled through the region, ushering in fair and considerably cooler weather. No other twisters were reported, but heavy winds and downpours hit much of the region.