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Tornado rips through NJ, taking down trees and flipping half-dozen cars

Severe thunderstorms pounded the state with heavy rain and winds on Friday afternoon, and a tornado struck Mercer County, New Jersey.

The tornado, with winds reaching up to 80 mph, touched down near a Conoco gas station in Lawrence Township, Fox Weather meteorologist Cody Blood said.

The tornado was brief, traveling just under 229 yards between 5:59pm and 6pm, and was 60 yards wide at its widest point.

The tornado uprooted trees and toppled a gas station, snapping a large sign, before moving on to the post office, flipping six cars in the parking lot.

“This may be the shortest tornado on record,” Brad marveled.

The tornado was rated EF-0, with wind speeds estimated at 65 to 85 mph, Blood said.

No injuries were reported.

Landspouts, which originate from the surface and have thin, rope-like condensation funnels, tend to be smaller and weaker than the tornadoes generated by supercell storms, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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