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'some time to dig out of'

Watch stunning video of a tornado ripping across New Jersey

Jaw-dropping videos emerged on social media on Wednesday night amid a "historical flood and tornado event" in New Jersey. 

As the remnants of Hurricane Ida slammed the Northeast on Wednesday, the National Weather Service confirmed that a "large and destructive tornado was observed over Beverly in Burlington County," NJ.com reports. Several videos apparently showed a tornado passing over the Burlington-Bristol Bridge, though NJ.com writes it "might not have touched down to become an official tornado." 

But videos also showed damage in Mullica Hill, New Jersey, where a tornado reportedly hit the area. There "were reports of damage across southeast Pennsylvania and in New Jersey, National Weather Service Meteorologist Sarah Johnson said, but survey teams will have to confirm if there were more tornadoes," NBC News writes

The National Weather Service in Mount Holly described the storm as a "historical flood and tornado event." On Thursday morning, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) delivered a press conference from Mullica Hill in front of a house that was damaged in the storm.

"Thank God, unless someone knows otherwise, casualties are extremely limited, which is there but for the grace of God," he said, pointing to a damaged home behind him to demonstrate "how it could have been." At the same time, he acknowledged, "this is going to take us some time to dig out of, there's no question about it."