BURLINGTON COUNTY, NJ (CBS / AP) – The National Weather Service has confirmed eight tornadoes in Pennsylvania and New Jersey during Thursday’s storm, including storm EF-3 in eastern Pennsylvania and one tornado EF-2 which started in Keystone State, then moved to Garden State. Storms are just another example of recent severe weather in the region.
Bucks County authorities said tornado EF-3 which contained peak winds of 140 mph when it struck Bensalem, damaging a car dealership and a mobile home park. The city’s public security director said four people were injured at the dealership and one at a nearby business, but all injuries were considered not life threatening.
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Forecasters said an EF-2 tornado was confirmed near New Hope, Pa. In the Washington Crossing Historical Park area, and that the storm then crossed the Delaware River into Mercer County, in New Jersey, where homeowners spent Friday dealing with damage from uprooted trees. This storm had peak winds of up to 115 mph, forecasters said.
Forecasters confirmed two tornadoes in Ocean County, one rated an EF-2 that went from Waretown to Barnegat Light with peak winds of up to 115 mph. Another tornado was classified as EF-1 with winds of 100 mph to 105 mph.
Forecasters said an EF-1 tornado in the Plumstead Township area of Bucks County, Pa., Had peak winds of up to 90 mph. A sixth tornado, an EF-0, has been confirmed in northeast Philadelphia, with peak winds of 60 to 80 mph. A seventh tornado, an EF-1, struck Windsor, Co. Mercer, and forecasters confirmed an eighth, an EF-0, on Saturday in Slatington, Co. Lehigh, with more details expected later .
The weather service issued a dozen tornado warnings for New Jersey on Thursday. The state had already seen three small tornadoes in July: two tornadoes during Tropical Storm Elsa in Little Egg Harbor in Ocean County and Woodbine in Cape May County, and a July 17 tornado in part of County of Burlington.
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The tornadoes come as parts of the tri-state region try to rebuild after the inclement weather earlier this month.
Federal loans from the SBA are now available to residents of towns in Burlington County that were hit hard by the July 12 flash floods.
There are three types: Home Disaster Loans up to $ 200,000 are available to homeowners, and Business Physical Disaster Loans and Economic Disaster Loans up to $ 2 million. are available for businesses.
Residents can apply online or dial 800-659-2955.
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