A line of severe thunderstorms moving across New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Maryland may produce damaging 70 mph winds, hail with potential tornadoes across the region.
At 5:30 p.m., the National Weather Service (NWS) announced that large swaths of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland were under a tornado watch, which is predicted to last until 10 p.m. Saturday, April 1.
Shortly after 6 p.m. on Saturday evening, a tornado touched down in Bridgeville, Delaware, causing severe damage to residents’ homes. It was moving east at approximately 50 mph, according to the NWS.
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Video from Bridgefield shows a small tornado gaining traction in the distance.
The Delaware Department of Transportation sent out a statewide traffic alert warning of dangerous driving conditions, including fallen trees, power lines and other road debris.
In addition to tornados, hail up to the size of two inches and wind with gusts up to 70 miles per hour are possible in Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey and Maryland, according to the NWS.
Severe thunderstorm warnings remain in effect statewide, with wind speeds reaching 70 mph. Hail is also predicted.
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In New Jersey, a tornado watch was issued for parts of Monmouth and Ocean County on Saturday, according to the NWS of Mount Holly. The agency also warned of severe thunderstorms and high winds.
In Pennsylvania, according to Poweroutages.com, over 207,000 residents are without power as of 9 p.m. The state also faced severe thunderstorms and hail, according to the NWS.
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