National Weather Service confirmed a tornado in Lawrence Township on Friday

The National Weather Service confirmed Saturday that a tornado did indeed touch down in Lawrence Township on Friday evening.

The organization confirmed the weather phenomenon after the National Weather Service’s Mount Holly office sent a storm survey team to Lawrence Township Saturday morning.

“Our storm damage assessment has confirmed that an EF-0 landspout tornado occurred in Lawrence Township, Mercer County, NJ on Friday evening,” the National Weather Service announced on Facebook. “The land rush downed several trees and overturned a few vehicles in a post office parking lot.”

According to the full report, the tornado started near the Marwa Service Center and the Conoco gas station near the intersection of Johnson Road and US-1, where a few trees were uprooted and some trees were broken. The tornado then moved northeast into a small wooded area and eventually into a post office parking lot, where it flipped about six cars.

EF-0 is the lowest category for a tornado on the EF scale, meaning the tornado had wind speeds of 60 to 80 miles per hour and caused minor damage.

Photos on social media showed cars overturned by high winds in Lawrence Township, and community members posted about seeing uprooted trees.

Strong thunderstorms battered New Jersey Friday evening after forecasts called for hail and heavy winds up to 60 miles per hour, in addition to downpours that were part of a 17-county thunderstorm watch that lasted from 4:55 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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