Tropical Storm Isaias spawns at least 3 tornadoes in tri-state area, NWS confirms

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Wednesday, August 5, 2020
Tornado spotted in Marmora, New Jersey
Viewer video from Paul Cassaccio shows a tornado in Marmora, New Jersey.

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- At least three tornadoes spawned by Tropical Storm Isaias touched down in the tri-state area on Tuesday, the National Weather Service confirms.

Isaias packed a powerful punched as it churned up the East Coast. Isaias sustained top winds of up to 65 mph (105 kph) more than 18 hours after coming ashore, but it was down to 50 mph max winds as of 8 p.m. EDT Tuesday, according to the National Hurricane Center.

READ MORE: Neighborhoods in Delaware heavily damaged during storm

Along with Tuesday morning's drenching rain, the NWS says the storm produced multiple tornadoes, including one in Delaware that moved from Sandtown to Dover to Townsend to Middletown in Kent and New Castle counties.

DEADLY STORM: At least five people were killed as Tropical Storm Isaias spawned tornadoes and dumped rain Tuesday along the U.S. East Coast.

In South Jersey, another tornado from Strathmere to Marmora in Cape May County, New Jersey was recorded. That storm left at least six to a dozen structures damaged, county officials said.

NWS says a third tornado was confirmed in Ship Bottom, New Jersey -- it started off as a waterspout and came to shore with 109mph wind gusts.

READ MORE: Tornado in Cape May County, New Jersey caught on video

Heavy rains were falling Tuesday across New Jersey as Tropical Storm Isaias roared to the north, leaving behind power outages and reports of tornadoes.

No injuries have been reported as a result of the tornadoes, but one death was reported in Pennsylvania.

In eastern Pennsylvania, a 44-year-old Allentown driver was killed after encountering high waters on a street in Upper Saucon Township that swept her vehicle downstream Tuesday afternoon, the Lehigh County coroner's office said.

The National Weather Service is also surveying damage in Doylestown, Pennsylvania and Worcester Township, Pennsylvania for what could be two additional tornadoes.