Governor Murphy to visit Storm Ida damage in southern Jersey
Gov. Phil Murphy plans to tour the damage from the remnants of Tropical Storm Ida in the Mullica Hill section of Harrison Township on Thursday morning, his office said Wednesday evening.
At least one tornado hit the area on Wednesday, the National Weather Service confirmed, causing massive damage to homes in the neighborhood, some of which entire sections were torn off during the storm.
The announcement came after Murphy declared a state of emergency on Wednesday in Garden State’s 21 counties. The governor’s visit at 10 a.m. and the ensuing media briefing will be streamed live on his YouTube channel, his office said.
Ida’s remains dumped heavy rains and high winds statewide on Wednesday evening, with severe flood damage and possible tornadoes in several areas.
In Mullica Hill, Harrison’s mayor Louis Manzo said around 100 homes were hit by the storm, including 20 residences that appeared to be entirely “demolished”. One person, the mayor said, was taken to a hospital in the area.
Even with most of the people at home when the storm hit over dinner, there were no initial reports of serious injuries, he said.
“It’s a blessing,” Manzo said Wednesday evening of the few injuries.
The damage included trees in houses, fallen power lines, razed houses and a farm tractor left by the side, he added.
The Harmony Volunteer Fire Company in Mullica Hill reported that Gloucester County rescuers had been deployed to the heavily damaged area. There have been reports of “several trapped victims” in Harrison Township, the fire department said.
“Gloucester County suffered devastating storm damage. It is likely that several tornadoes have hit our communities, ”the county’s emergency management office said in a statement.
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