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NWS: Small Tornado Touched Down In NJ

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TRENTON, N.J. (CBS 2/ WCBS 880/AP) – The National Weather Service has confirmed that a small tornado touched down in southern New Jersey Thursday night.
   
The Weather Service said Friday that the tornado passed through a portion of Plumsted Township, Ocean County, about 15 miles southeast of Trenton.
   
The tornado touched down around 6:05 p.m., lasted about five minutes and traveled two miles, with maximum wind speeds reaching 90 mph.
   
No injuries were reported, but numerous trees were knocked down and two houses in the mostly rural community had major roof damage.
   
The tornado was spawned by a line of fast-moving storms that knocked down trees and power lines in parts of New Jersey. Thousands of homes and businesses were still without power Friday afternoon however PSE&G reported that power had been restored to customers by 3 p.m.

In New York City, the National Weather Service was assessing the storm damage to determine if it was in fact a tornado that touched down. Queens was the hardest hit, with devestation widespread in several neighborhoods, including Forest Hills.

Con Ed said Friday afternoon that there were about 29,000 customers still without power.

Long Island Power Authority was also working to restore power to nearly 2,000 customers, mostly in North Hempstead. LISTEN: WCBS 880′s Sophia Hall with an angry LIPA customer

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