New Jersey, New York, Staten Island, Pennsylvania Storms Last Night: Images Show Severe Weather, Tornado, Hail in Northeast—Latest Forecast Updates

Tornado Storm Morgantown PA May 29 2019
Stock image: Large lightning strike at dusk on Tornado Alley Getty Images

New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania were victims to severe storms, lightning shows, strong winds and hailstorms on Tuesday night, with a tornado confirmed in Morgantown, Pennsylvania. A tornado warning over Staten Island, New York, and Newark and Elizabeth New Jersey was also in effect in the evening.

According to the Associated Press, storms swept through New Jersey, downing trees and causing power outages across the state. Reports have also been shared on Twitter that Lenape Valley Regional High School, Stanhope, was damaged during the storm.

While the tornado warnings expired for New York, thunderstorm warnings remained in place for the metro area, with social media users sharing videos of lightning storms throughout the night.

FIRST LOOK: Several trees are down outside Lenape Valley Regional High School here in #Stanhope, where crews continue to work this morning to restore power in the area. I’ll have more on the damage this morning on @FiOS1NewsNJ!

— Stephen Milewski (@TheSkiReport) May 29, 2019

AP reported that a tornado was confirmed by the National Weather Service (NWS) in eastern Pennsylvania, where homes were damaged. No reports of injuries have been made. Berks County emergency officials reported structural damage to about 20 properties, some significant. Emergency dispatchers in Berks and Chester counties earlier cited roof damage and some partial collapses in Caernarvon Township, which includes Morgantown, according to Associated Press.

NWS Mount Holly will be conducting a final assessment and finalising a survey which is expected to be completed and transmitted by Wednesday evening, according to its Twitter.

Analysis of GOES-16 1-min visible imagery of severe and tornado warned storm over PA this afternoon revealed rotation of exposed updraft, along with overshooting top and above anvil cirrus plume after storm matured, indicators of a particularly strong updraft. #pawx

— Bill Line (@bill_line) May 28, 2019

According to NWS Mount Holly, a flash flood watch is in effect from the afternoon of May 29 through to the night. Areas affected include northern Delaware, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. Showers and thunderstorms are expected to move into eastern Pennsylvania and much of New Jersey later in the afternoon, capable of heavy rainfall. Total rain amounts are expected to range from one to two inches with locally higher amounts possible.

In Pennsylvania, three inches of rain fell yesterday and it is that runoff which will continue. Some locations that will experience flooding include: Cranberry, Butler, Beaver Falls, Monaca, Economy, Ellwood City, Homeacre-Lyndora, New Brighton, Shanor-Northvue, Beaver, Baden and Meridian, according to NWS' latest flood warning for the state.

Lake Champlain also has a flood warning until 1:00 p.m. local time, May 29, 2019, affecting counties in New York and Vermont. As of 11:00 a.m local time on May 28, 2019, the flood stage, 100.0 feet, had been passed with minor flooding occurring and entering some lakefront properties, according to NWS. It is expected that this will happen again throughout May 29, affecting low lying roads, piers and docks such as Burlington waterfront at Perkins Pier and the King Street ferry dock.

NWS advises that a flash flood watch means that there is a life-threatening situation and that people should monitor the forecast, especially if they live in a location that is prone to flooding.

Below are images from New Jersey, New York, Staten Island, and Pennsylvania showing the storms and their aftermath.

Nasty storm cell over Staten Island just now. One of our photographers just shot this hail on his cell phone ⁦

— Jessica Layton (@JLaytonTV) May 29, 2019

#StatenIsland about to see hail storm like never before. That pink shading is 65 dbz Radar returns. All that means is the radar beam is seeing hail core. Easily dime and likely golfball size

— Bill Karins (@BillKarins) May 29, 2019

This seems less than optimal. Two #tornado warned supercells entering the New York City metro area from the northwest. Both cells are right along I-80 in New Jersey as of 832pm EDT. #NJwx #NYwx

— Philippe Papin (@pppapin) May 29, 2019

Nice shot here in Medford, NJ with approaching weather. #NJwx

— marc carpenter (@mcadehaven) May 28, 2019

Sipping wine and enjoying this wild light show. #NJwx #NYCwx

— Melissa Barette (@MelissaBarette) May 29, 2019

Video Credit: Michelle McGinn
Video shows tornado on the ground, debris. Looking toward the Morgantown Business Park, from the Valley Ponds development…that’s toward the PA Turnpike

— Adam Joseph (@6abcadamjoseph) May 28, 2019

NWS crews will be visiting Morgantown in Berks county to assess the tornado damage that occurred Tuesday evening. Video credit AJ Cella.

— Eric Finkenbinder (@Eric_Fink) May 29, 2019

A beautiful night for a light show. Vicinity of routes 70 & 541 Medford, NJ Looking East 5/28/19 BTNJ-128 #njwx #cloudexchange #lightning

— Jenn VanEmburgh (@JennVanE) May 29, 2019

A tornado warned supercell just to my north gave an incredible amount of lightning tonight in Woodbridge, Jersey! ⚡️ #NJwx @News12NJ @DaveCurren @MichelePowersWx @weatherchannel @JimCantore @StephanieAbrams @JenCarfagno @StormHour @spann

— Collin Gross (@CollinGrossWx) May 29, 2019

Severe storm over Uniontown, PA with @bink398 . #PAwx #shelfcloud

— Chris Brinker (@Bink323) May 26, 2019

Large hail in parts of Pennsylvania earlier on Tuesday - more severe storms could be in play here on Wednesday, as well. See you starting at 6 AM ET on @WeatherNation #PAwx

— Meredith Garofalo (@GarofaloWX) May 29, 2019

BREAKING VIDEO: Possible tornado touching down in Indiana, Pennsylvania outside of #Pittsburgh. This video just into the newsroom from Indiana County. #pawx #Tornado #severeweather #SevereWx

— KDKA (@KDKA) May 28, 2019

Another incredible time lapse of a #supercell passing through Saltsburg, #pawx at 6:25pm. The storm's outflow forced an area of valley fog to climb the hill!!!

— Nicholas Norman )/ (@Stormin13Norman) May 29, 2019

Video Credit: Michelle McGinn
Video shows tornado on the ground, debris. Looking toward the Morgantown Business Park, from the Valley Ponds development…that’s toward the PA Turnpike

— Adam Joseph (@6abcadamjoseph) May 28, 2019