Was that a Cape May County Tornado? June 2016

Cape May, NJ – Was that a tornado?  Late Tuesday afternoon a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado uprooted trees and left thousands without power in Cape May County. Luckily, there were no reports of injuries.

In West Cape May, the wind took out not only a large tree but also two utility poles on Seashore Road.


The strong winds – estimated at over 80 miles per hours – hit the Cape May County airport particularly hard, overturning a helicopter on display.

The winds also shredded a portion of a roof on an airport building used by the Cape May Peanut Butter Company.


Trees and power lines were down throughout the county. On Cape Island, a large tree on Bayshore Road closed the road and took out a utility pole in the process.

This home facing the Cape May Canal had a big tree severed by the wind.

But most of the wind damage took place north of the Cape May canal.  This was the scene on Breakwater Road near the airport right after the storm passed.

Downed trees blocked several Villa’s streets and caused havoc with power lines.

The powerful storm system that hit us spun off a tornado west of Baltimore before moving east to Cape May County.

Tornado warnings went out to local residents, but despite the heavy winds, serious damage and power outages, no actual tornadoes were reported in this area.

The National Weather Service now says some area damage in Middle Township was caused by a microburst of wind.


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Jane Kashlak is a journalist, a gardener and a Cape Island resident. She's also Cape May Times' photographer. She founded Cape May Times after a long and lively career in TV news.