CEDAR GROVE/VERONA, NJ – The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for Essex County through 10 p.m. Friday evening.

The first round of thunderstorms hit the area of Cedar Grove and Verona around 4 p.m.  producing damaging winds and heavy rains.  A large tree fell on Little Falls Road in Cedar Grove, uplifting the sidewalk as it fell.  More storms are forecasted throughout the evening. 

More damage was reported on Route 23, Morgan's Farm, Mawal Drive, East Lindsley Road and Holly Lane in Cedar Grove.  The storms also resulted in power outtages throughout the area.