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No Tornado, but storm leaves widespread damage and 1 hurt in Warren County (PHOTOS)

UPDATE: Tornado confirmed in severe storm that hit Warren County on Thursday. For details click HERE.

WARREN COUNTY, N.J. – One person was reportedly hurt at Oxford Furnace Lake in Oxford Township during Thursday’s storm as it moved through Warren County.

The roadway leading to the lake was closed and there was no report on what type of injury the person sustained.

The storm also leveled a barn on Route 519 in White Township and cut power to thousands during the height of the storm.

Brianne Wheatley of White Twp was working at Zeeks Place, which is across the street from the barn on Route 519, when the storm hit.

“We were taking orders and we saw the sky get really dark,” Wheatley said.

“Bunch of pieces of the barn roof came off and were flying across the parking lot and everyone started piling in the parking lot and few people came in,”Wheatley said.

The barn is also located next to The Bel-Pike Lanes Bowling + Mini Golf, 107 Route 519.

“In the matter of like five minutes everything was clear and the sky’s were blue again,”Wheatley said.

A Tornado warning was issued shortly before 3:00 p.m. and the warning lasted until 3:15 p.m.

The storm also caused damage in Washington Twp, Washington Boro and Mansfield Twp.

There were tree limbs and wires down on many of the roads throughout Washington Boro. Traffic lights were out at the intersection of Route 57 and Belvidere Avenue also Route 57 and Lincoln Avenue.

“Sky went black, sideways rain, really bad wind, couldn’t see two inches in front of my face and scared the bejeebers out of me,” Washington Boro resident Christina Perry said.

A tree limb fell on power lines leading to Perry’s home, which caused a brown out in her residence.

“Never saw anything like this, felt like days but was only ten to fifteen minutes,”Perry said.

As of 10:00 p.m. Thursday, JCP&L is reporting 1,007 customers in Warren County, 7,668 customers in Morris County, 7 customers in Sussex County and 39 customers in Hunterdon County are without power.

According to Frank Wheatley, the Warren county public safety director and emergency management coordinator, “There was no tornado.”

By: Jay Edwards
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