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Tornado touched down in Springfield, NJ

Posted at 4:35 PM, Aug 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-07 16:36:48-04

SPRINGFIELD, NJ — A tornado touched down in Springfield on Wednesday, the National Weather Service confirmed.

It touched down briefly near Springfield Avenue and Route 22 at about 2:45 p.m. The radar estimated winds of 70 mph.

The NWS is not planning to do a survey of the area.

Winds blew shopping carts into a pile. About a quarter of a mile away on the other side of Route 22, there was major damage at the Quality Auto Center.

There were downed power lines, busted solar panels and dozens of damaged vehicles. An entire rooftop commercial air conditioning unit fell down onto a sedan below. A section of the dealership’s warehouse roof was torn wide open.

"It was not even three seconds," dealership owner Abraham Abaid said. "We lost power. We lost everything."

Video posted to Twitter shows the tornado.

No injuries were reported.

A tornado last touched down in New Jersey on July 6 in Mount Laurel. Another tornado was confirmed in in Mullica Hill in June. One touched down in the Stanhope area in late May.