Friends and family prepared to say a final goodbye to a Jersey City couple who were killed by a tornado in Virginia.
The Jersey City Youth Foundation will donate 50 percent of its proceeds from the event to the children of Lord Balatbat and Lolibeth Ortega.
Lord Balatbat and Lolibeth Ortega were at the Cherrystone Family Camping and RV Resort with their three children when the twister tore through the campground, toppling a tree onto their tent.
Strong winds and heavy rain pounded parts of the Tri-State Area Tuesday evening. Storms on Tuesday were also blamed for the deaths of three people upstate near Syracuse.
A tornado touched down near Paramus, N.J. during the round of violent storms Monday afternoon, the National Weather Service confirmed.
The film star and soon-to-be first-time dad kicked off the third annual Valspar Hands for Habitat charity campaign on Monday. The initiative auctions the painted hand prints of Hollywood’s hottest stars, like Lea Michele, Heather Graham, Naomi Watts, Stacy Keibler, Minka Kelly, Kate Bosworth and Susan Sarandon, to benefit Habitat for Humanity’s Disaster Response Programs.
The twister touched down at 10:05 a.m. with maximum speeds of 75-85 mph. It was two miles in length and about 50-100 yards wide, the National Weather Service said.
The tornado touched down at 9:17 a.m. in Berkeley Heights in Union County. Forecasters say the twister was on the ground for about 10 minutes and cut a path of about 50 yards wide and 4.8 miles long through New Providence and Summit.
The twister set down and traveled approximately 4.8 miles through New Providence into Summit with sustained winds of 85 mph, the National Weather Service said.
As the Archdiocese looks to consolidate and streamline for long-term viability, 45 percent of the some 4,000 displaced students will reportedly not return to Catholic schools.
Whether it’s a tornado in Oklahoma, a tsunami in Japan, or an earthquake in Haiti, whatever the disaster is, chances are that many of the relief supplies came from a 50,000-square-foot warehouse in Stamford, Connecticut.
In just a few short days, Sandy-ravaged Island Park residents raised thousands of dollars in supplies for Oklahoma tornado victims.
President Barack Obama visited tornado-devastated Moore, Okla. Sunday, consoling people staggered by the loss of life and property and promising that the government will be behind them “every step of the way.”
Upon seeing the heartbreaking devastation play out on his television screen, Tim Occhipinti, a Hoboken councilman, started making calls. Eventually he reached a Wal-Mart in Oklahoma City.
“As I walk around and there’s an mixture of confusion and grief and just so much uncertainty, that’s exactly what we felt six months ago.”