SPRINGFIELD, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – A tornado briefly touched down in Springfield during Wednesday’s severe storms, the National Weather Service said.

The National Weather Service says the EF0 tornado touched down at around 2:47 p.m.

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On Milltown Road in Springfield Township, residents CBS2’s Meg Baker spoke with say gusts of wind blew through town as the sky dumped buckets and toppled trees.

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“Lot of wind, lot of thunder. I heard the wind. It was really bad,” said homeowner Melissa Scala. “I was crying. The police came, the fire department came. My daughter was OK, thank God. So it was a really scary incident, and this is the first time anything ever big happened.”

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An exit off Route 22 is closed due to a downed tree on top of a car on Springfield Road. Several trees were also down in the area.

Social media footage captured what looks like a funnel cloud above Union County. The Naitonal Weather Service said it got a lot of reports of strong winds, including some so strong as to flip a trampoline over, damage local business and leave streets with a mess of branches thrown about.

The storms were causing outages in our area.

As of 11 p.m.:

  • There are approximately 266 outages in Union County
  • 1,100 outages in Essex County
  • 3,068 outages in Monmouth County
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Check your airline before heading out for a flight. Delays at Newark Airport reached four hours Wednesday evening.