NJ school closed Wednesday amid report tornado touched down in Stanhope

STANHOPE, NJ — The Lenape Valley Regional High School in Stanhope, New Jersey will be closed Wednesday amid reports that a tornado touched down in the town.

A tornado warning was in effect for the area.

A post on the school’s web site said it would be closed and that there would be no after school activities, but didn't offer an explanation.

The school was damaged during the storm, an official with the Sussex County Sheriff’s office told CNN. An event was going on in the school's gymnasium at the time, but no one was injured. Corporal Mark Vogel told CNN the people were being safely evacuated.

"We were watching the lightning, little flashes, and the little thunder rumbling, and then there was this big, giant crack and that's when we ran in the house because it was too close," a woman who lives near the school told PIX11.

Roads around the school were blocked off Tuesday night.

Stanhope is about 40 miles from Newark.

The National Weather Service has not yet confirmed a tornado touched down on Tuesday night.

More than 14,000 customers in New Jersey are without power in the wake of the storms, according to FirstEnergy’s website.

 

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