STATE – New Jersey is under a Tornado Watch until 5 p.m. today, according to the National Weather Service.
A Tornado Watch is issued when conditions are favorable for the development of tornadoes in and close to the watch area. Their size can vary depending on the weather situation. They are usually issued for a duration of 4 to 8 hours. They normally are issued well in advance of the actual occurrence of severe weather.
During the watch, people should review tornado safety rules and be prepared to move a place of safety if threatening weather approaches.
People are advised to be alert to changing weather conditions. Look for approaching storms.
Look for the following danger signs:
- Dark, often greenish sky
- Large hail
- A large, dark, low-lying cloud (particularly if rotating)
- Loud roar, similar to a freight train.
If you see approaching storms or any of the danger signs, be prepared to take shelter immediately.
Due to the federal government shutdown, NOAA.gov and most associated web sites are unavailable however, because the information the site provides is necessary to protect life and property, it will be updated but there is more confusion that typical.
Tornado Watch 543 remains valid until 5 pm EDT this afternoon for 16 New Jersey counties, including Middlesex, Union, Essex; Hudson, Morris, and Somerset plus the cities of: East Brunswick, Edison, New Brunswick, North Brunswick, Perth Amboy, Sayreville, Toms River and Trenton.
Another published report claims the alert covers all of New Jersey, New York City’s five boroughs and even parts of Pennsylvania.
A tornado touched down at 9:17 a.m. on July 2 in Berkeley Heights, and cut a path for about 10 minutes nearly 50 yards wide and 4.8 miles long through New Providence and Summit.
A tornado between 50 and 100 yards wide, hit Manahawkin in August at 85 mph, knocking down numerous trees, which damaged a garage and the roofs of several church buildings, the National Weather Service confirmed.
New Jersey residents are noticing that tornadoes, or at least tornado warnings, have become more numerous in recent years but despite confirmation from scientists working at the United Nations, politicians such as Gov. Chris Christie still refuse to accept the fact that human activity is changing the climate in ways that will hurt people.
Asked about his decision to pull New Jersey out of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative and the potential that climate change cause Superstorm Sandy, Christie declared that global warming is “a distraction.”
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