Confirmed EF1 Tornado Rips Through New Jersey | NBC New York

A confirmed tornado touched down in Stanhope, New Jersey amid Tuesday evening’s severe weather. Brian Thompson and Pat Battle report.

More on this week’s severe weather: The National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center has downgraded the severe storm risk for New York City and surrounding areas Wednesday to “slight,” meaning isolated thunderstorms are still possible, along with a tornado, but widespread severe weather is less likely than thought earlier in the day.

But tornado warnings are now in effect for Sullivan and Pike counties through 4 p.m.
Torrential rain and gusty winds are still expected, though, Storm Team 4 says. The best chance for strong storms is still across the city, northeastern New Jersey, western Long Island and parts of the lower Hudson Valley between about 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.

A tornado watch has been issued for Hunterdon and Warren counties in New Jersey until 8 p.m. It’s part of the same system that spawned deadly tornadoes in the Midwest triggered an EF-1 twister in Sussex County and rare tornado warnings for parts of New York City, dumping golf ball-sized hail on Staten Island and burying other spots in thunderous rain, a day earlier.

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