A damaging tornado was confirmed to have touched down in Mullica Hill, New Jersey, on September 1, as the remnants of Hurricane Ida caused destruction along the East Coast.
This video by local resident Jonathan Mruz shows the tornado moving close to Mullica Hill, which lies several miles south of the Philadelphia-Camden metro region. Mruz can be heard saying simply “Wow” as the storm bears down on a housing development.
Several homes were leveled by the tornado, while other footage showed farm buildings damaged. Harrison Township Mayor Louis Manzo said around 100 homes in total were damaged during the stormy weather.
The National Weather Service called the tornado “very impressive,” adding that it “lofted debris thousands of feet into the air.”
New Jersey Gov Phil Murphy declared a state of emergency on September 1. “We will use every resource at our disposal to ensure the safety of New Jerseyans,” he tweeted. “Stay off the roads, stay home, and stay safe.”
At least 16 people died due to the catastrophic weather in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania on September 1, according to WTXF. Credit: Jonathan Mruz via Storyful