NEW JERSEY — A tornado warning was issued for parts of New Jersey and parts of Northeastern Pennsylvania on Tuesday night.
Around 8:20 p.m., a warning was issued for northwestern New Jersey. The warning, set to expire at 9 p.m., includes Blairstown, Hope and Hainseburg in Warren County. About 25,000 people live in the area. Half-dollar sized hail is possible. Another warning was issued minutes later for the area including Morristown, Dover and Madison.
A warning was also issued just before 8 p.m. for parts of southern New Jersey. The warning expired at 8:30 p.m. The area impacted includes Shiloh, Bridgeton, Fairon, Cedarville and Newport.
Lime sized hail is possible in Cumberland County, New Jersey. About 18,000 people live in the area impacted.
The warning in Pennsylvania was for Pike County until 8:15 p.m. The warning also covers Lackawanna and Wayne counties.
A warning means that a tornado has been spotted and life-threatening danger exists. The NWS tells PIX11 that a tornado was indeed spotted in the area at 6:24 p.m. They add that this is a particularly dangerous situation, saying it could be life-threatening. This storm is also producing golf-ball sized hail.
The warning had been in Pennsylvania has been in place until 7:15 p.m., but the NWS extended the warning for the area.
A tornado remains in effect for parts of New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia until 10 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.
The watch went into effect Tuesday afternoon for parts of western New Jersey, including Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, Hunterdon, Mercer and Warren counties, according to the NWS.
A tornado watch is issued when conditions are favorable for tornadoes and severe thunderstorms are in and close to the watch area.
The storms come after a line of apparent tornadoes tore across Indiana and Ohio overnight. Debris was so thick that at one point, highway crews had to use snowplows to clear an interstate.
Forecasters confirmed two severe-strength tornadoes touched down in the Dayton, Ohio, area overnight with more possible ones under investigation.
The NWS says a tornado classified as an EF3 hit Trotwood just west of Dayton, with another touchdown just east of Dayton in Greene County. Forecaster Myron Padgett says it's possible the same tornado went back up and touched down a second time. He says several other areas damaged by major storms are being surveyed.
An EF3 is considered a strong tornado that does severe damage, rated on a scale of EF0 through EF5.
One person was killed and at least 60 people were injured by storms that swept through western Ohio.AlertMe