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.
“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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