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Most People Don’t Know A Devastating Tornado Ripped Through New Jersey’s State Capital Over 100 Years Ago

It was a stormy summer day… The sky was dark and the wind was whipping, but no one expected what happened next. If you’ve lived in New Jersey for any length of time, you know that tornadoes aren’t common. When they do touch ground in the state, it’s more a topic of conversation than total destruction. On August 10th, 1902, things were different.

New Jersey didn’t see another tornado until 1973, when one touched down in Flanders; the tornado damaged homes and injured 12. Another awful storm in New Jersey’s history is the 1962 Ash Wednesday Nor’easter. You can learn more and see footage of the damage here: A Terrifying, Deadly Storm Struck New Jersey In 1962… And No One Saw It Coming.

Kristen Koennemann
Kristen is a freelance writer, editor and social-media manager who really loves her state. She's here to share all that New Jersey has to offer with residents and the rest of the world.