Tornado Watch for Parts of New Jersey until 10pm: Thursday, June 27 2013

A Tornado Watch has been issued for parts of New Jersey until 10 p.m. for the following locations:

ATLANTIC

BURLINGTON

CAMDEN

CAPE MAY

CUMBERLAND

GLOUCESTER

HUNTERDON

MERCER

MIDDLESEX

MONMOUTH

MORRIS

OCEAN

SALEM

SOMERSET

SUSSEX

WARREN

Source: National Weather Service: “TORNADO WATCH 377 IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 1000 PM EDT”

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Big Twister Hits Georgia City; Thousands Affected SouthEast

A big tornado ripped through Adairsville, Georgia, overturned cars and killed at least 1, damaging several buildings in the area and leaving at least 12,000 people without power statewide.

The local hospital received 7 people with injuries from the storm. The man killed was inside his mobile home in Bartow County.

Picture: MSNBC

Tornado warnings were issued from Tennessee to northern and western Georgia until Wednesday afternoon.

A 47 year old man was also killed in Tennessee after a tree fell on a shed he was in, the local fire department said.

In Memphis, TN, more than 13,000 families lost power as winds took down power lines.

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Winds slam Midwest, Northeast; possible twister hits NY town

Severe storms moved into the Midwest and Northeast on Thursday, including a possible tornado in Elmira, N.Y., where buildings were damaged and thousands were left without power. There was no immediate word on injuries.

Initial reports indicate a tornado touched down in Elmira, the Storm Prediction Center stated. Other towns across eastern Ohio, western Pennsylvania and upstate New York also reported downed trees.

“Emergency crews are responding to numerous calls, including reported fires and downed power lines,” the Elmira Star Gazette reported. “Many streets are impassable due to fallen trees and power lines, as well as traffic signals knocked out by power outages.”

A tornado watch was issued through Thursday night for parts of Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania and Vermont.

The unsettled weather was also causing airport delays along the East Coast.

Tornado Backdrop in Kansas Wedding Photos

Caleb and Candra Pence tied the knot on Saturday evening in rural Harper County, Kan. But their “I dos” weren’t the only event to draw attention. Two large tornadoes were the backdrop for their wedding photos.

“I saw the tornado forming even before the wedding started,” Caleb said. “I told my dad but he said not to worry about it.”

The couple was focused on their big day, despite the twisters.

“I was getting married, I really didn’t care about the tornado,” Caleb said. “I told Candra and she said she didn’t want to hear about it right now.”

Although it formed the backdrop for their photos, the tornado steered clear of the Pence family farm where the ceremony took place.

But it did do damage on a nearby farmstead elsewhere in Harper County, according to ABC Kansas affiliate,  KAKE.

Caleb told KAKE he knew they were safe because as a Kansas native who has seen many tornadoes over the years, he knew it was headed away from the ceremony.

But it was a first for the bride.

“I’m from Nebraska so I don’t see tornadoes. That’s the first tornado I’ve ever seen,” Candra told KAKE.

The couple is now on their honeymoon but the wedding tornado will always stay with them, if only through photos.

More Than 110 Homes Damaged By Tornado In Michigan

A tornado ripped through a rural Michigan community Thursday evening, damaging or demolishing many homes, downing trees and power lines, sparking fires and flooding roads.

A dispatcher with the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Department told Reuters that “there are homes leveled” in Dexter, which is located northwest of Ann Arbor. The Detroit Free Press linked to a YouTube video of a twister.

Sheriff’s spokesman Derrick Jackson told The Associated Press that 105 homes were significantly damaged in Dexter and the surrounding area, and 13 were destroyed.

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Tornado Watch Remains In Effect For Central Louisiana

Tornado watch remains in effect for much of Central Louisiana and parts of  Mississippi until 2am Central Time.  Areas from Lafayette, La. to Greensville, Miss. have the potential to see a tornado or at least severe thunderstorms early this morning.

Current tornado in Louisiana is heading toward Mowata, Richard, and Eunice by midnight.

If you live in the aforementioned area, stay abreast of the changing weather situation through the early morning hours for potential tornado warnings should a tornado be imminent.

Tornado Devastation; How To Help

AMERICAN RED CROSS:

Make a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief by visiting www.redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Contributions may also be sent to their local Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.

SALVATION ARMY:

Donations can be made online at www.SalvationArmyUSA.org, by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY or by texting the word “STORM” to 80888 to make a $10 donation by phone. Or by mail: The Salvation Army Disaster Relief P.O. Box 100339 Atlanta, Ga. 30384-0339

FEEDING AMERICA:

When you donate to Feeding America, the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity, every dollar helps provide eight meals to families struggling with hunger. Feeding America can be reached at (800) 771-2303 (National Office) or online at http://feedingamerica.org.

NATIONAL VOAD:

National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) is the primary point of contact for voluntary organization in the National Response Coordination Center at FEMA headquarters. They also provide assistance to disaster victims as well as those looking to help, at http://www.nvoad.org/