Updated at 10:33 p.m. Aug. 7

WESTFIELD, NJ – A severe thunderstorm watch expired at 9 p.m., and a flash flood warning lasted until 8:45 p.m. Wednesday but not before a tornado touched down in nearby Springfield, according to the National Weather Service.

The watch issued at 2:10 p.m. followed a severe thunderstorm warning earlier in the day which warned of 60 mph wind gusts.

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“Minor hail damage to vehicles is possible,” the weather statement said. “Expect wind damage to trees and power lines.”

The statement had predicted the thunderstorm would hit Plainfield at around 2:30 p.m., Summit at about 2:45 p.m., and then Millburn and Clark at about 2:50 p.m.

The warning came shortly after a tornado touched down in Springfield, where the Weather Service said it stayed on the ground for about 4 minutes.

The flash flood warning issued at 5:42 p.m. for Union County and surrounding areas stated that 3 inches of rain had already fallen and advised people living along streams and creeks to take precautions.

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