Six tornadoes hit NJ, Pa as Ida tore through region; one reached EF-3 rating

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A tornado touched down in New Jersey Sept. 1, 2021, as the remnants of Ida drenched the region. (Ryan Thoden/Twitter)

At least six tornadoes touched down in New Jersey and Pennsylvania as Tropical Storm Ida tore through the region, the National Weather Service confirmed Thursday.

The tornadoes happened in Mullica Hill, New Jersey; Edgewater Park, New Jersey to Bristol, Pennsylvania; Fort Washington/Upper Dublin Township to Horsham Township in Pennsylvania; Buckingham Township, PA; Princeton, NJ and Oxford, Pennsylvania, according to preliminary information provided by the weather service.

The tornado that ripped through Mullica Hill is believed to have had an EF-3 rating, with winds of up to 150 miles per hour (240 kph), according to the National Weather Service.

The Mullica Hill tornado stretched for 12.6 miles (20 kilometers) over a span of 20 minutes and was as wide as 400 yards (36 meters), the weather service said. It caused mostly tree damage before strengthening and moving northeast through Mullica Hill, where it tore off roofs, demolishing walls, tossed cars and left at least one home completely destroyed, the weather service said.

The tornado tracked from Fort Washington/Upper Dublin Township to Horsham Township had estimated peak winds up to 130 miles per hour, the weather service stated.

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy on Thursday morning toured the tornado damage in Mullica Hill in the southern New Jersey/ Philadelphia suburbs.

Murphy said there were no fatalities from the tornado that left lumber scattered like toothpicks, tore roofs off and collapsed walls.

More than 20 people died in New Jersey because of the storm. Flooding appeared to be the cause.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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