ABERDEEN, NJ – When tree trunks were snapped and power went out Friday evening in Aberdeen during a passing storm that carried a tornado watch, social media users speculated a tornado had touched down. On Saturday, the National Weather Service confirmed those suspicions.
The National Weather Service confirmed an EF-0 level tornado touched down and traveled in a straight light between the border of Aberdeen and Hazlet
Several large trees were toppled, and large limbs were ripped from other trees. Several trees were simply snapped in half, the NWS reported. About a dozen homes suffered damage that included blown off shingles, soffit damage, gutter damage and vinyl siding being peeled off the homes.
The tornado moved from Aberdeen east-northeast across the Garden State Parkway before dissipating in nearby Hazlet.
“We are currently responding to multiple reports of wires and poles down. Traffic lights are out along Hway 35, near Hazlet Ave. and Holmdel Rd intersections. We are also aware of wires/poles down in the Raritan Valley area and along Beers St,” the Aberdeen Police Department reported after the tornado.
Along Route 35, telephone poles were downed and some free-standing store signs were toppled by straight-line winds as the tornado dissipated.