The National Weather Service has confirmed two brief tornado touchdowns in Monmouth County early last Saturday morning as a line of severe thunderstorms swept through the state just after sunrise.

A storm survey team of meteorologists from the National Weather Service in Mount Holly toured Howell in Monmouth County over the weekend, and confirmed that two E-F0 tornadoes did indeed touch down.

Meteorologists estimated the top wind speeds from the tornado to be around 75 miles-per-hour. E-F0 tornadoes have winds ranging from 65 to 85 miles-per-hour.

According to the storm survey team, the tornadoes were on the ground for a half-mile, and for only a few minutes. The team found several trees uprooted and snapped in The Home Depot parking lot in Howell. In addition, a video posted to Facebook captured and confirmed the tornado as it moved southeast through The Home Depot parking lot.

Meteorologists noted that metal roofing from a Chase Bank in the same parking lot was torn off and found a half-mile away. The tornado tracked southeast towards the southbound side of Route 9, according to the storm survey team.

How we rank tornadoes: The Enhanced Fujita Scale

Tornadoes are relatively infrequent in New Jersey, but the state does average a few tornadoes per year. 

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