Possible Tornado Hits Ocean County as Storms Roar

LAKEWOOD, N.J. (AP) -
Utility vans work to restore power in Lakewood, N.J. Tuesday morning as the lights went out in hundreds of homes across the area. (News Breakers)
Utility vans work to restore power in Lakewood, N.J. Tuesday morning as the lights went out in hundreds of homes across the area. (News Breakers)

A series of powerful storms with damaging winds blew through southern and central New Jersey on Tuesday morning, including a possible tornado in Stafford Township.

The storm that hit Stafford Township was rotating, a central characteristic of tornadoes, said the National Weather Service. But inspectors will be sent to the scene to confirm whether it was a tornado by studying damage on the ground. Power lines were knocked down, traffic lights knocked out and roads flooded.

The storm that hit Stafford was one of a line of powerful storms with damaging winds that raked southern and central New Jersey. They left thousands of residents without power after dumping 2 inches or more of rain. Flooding was reported in many counties.