MOUNT HOLLY, NJ – The National Weather Service Philadelphia/Mounty Holly station said it could not confirm a tornado this past Tuesday in Toms River, but said one did touch down in Brick Township. The F0 tornado was reported at 3:05 pm and was 20 yards wide and traveled nearly one-half mile. Winds inside the tornado were reported as 70 miles per hour. There were no reported injuries, but minor structural damage.
According to the NWS, a waterspout formed over the Barnegat Bay between Silver Bay and Kettle Creek, separating Toms River from Brick Township to the north. The waterspout then moved ashore at the Normandy Beach Yacht Club where several boats and trailers were tossed and flipped. The NWS reported minor damage to one home on South Court.
“This weak tornado may have lifted as it proceeded east across Route 35 and approached the coast just north of the Normandy Shores Beach Club,” the NWS said. “The tornado then became a waterspout as it emerged over the coastal waters causing little or no damage.
The NWS said their determination was made by information provided by local and county emergency management and law enforcement officials.