National Weather Service confirms it: Tornado touched down in Princeton Wednesday night

The kayak and canoe rental area on Alexander Road. Photo by Matias Zaldarriaga.

The National Weather Service in Mount Holly has confirmed that a tornado touched down in Princeton on Wednesday evening.

According to the National Weather Service, the tornado was an EF-0 tornado with peak winds of up to 75 miles per hour. Tornadoes are rated on a scale from zero to five, with level five tornadoes being the strongest tornadoes.

The tornado was the sixth that was confirmed for the National Weather Service in Mount Holly’s coverage area in portions of New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Tropical Storm Ida wreaked havoc in the Princeton region, causing flash flooding and bringing down trees and power lines in some areas. Police and emergency responders had to rescue dozens of stranded motorists. Two drivers died in Hopewell Township, and two drivers died in Hillsborough when they were trapped in their vehicles because of the flash floods.