At 6:10 P.M. on September 1, 2021, an EF-3 Tornado touched down in South Harrison Township, New Jersey. The Tornado traveled for 12 miles at a speed of 40 miles an hour, slicing through Harrison Township, Mantua Township, Borough of Wenonah, Deptford Township, and the Borough of Woodbury Heights. The damage was extensive, amounting to an estimated 64 million dollars, with over 53 millions dollars of that amount was related to the damage of homes. A total of 563 homes were damaged in the impacted communities, with 204 of those homes in Wenonah alone.

Both the Governor of New Jersey and the President of the United States declared the scene a disaster. State, County, and municipal assets worked tireless for nearly weeks to  clear debris. Additionally, Atlantic Electric Company spent untold resources to restore the electric grid. Repairs are ongoing through out Wenonah, and will likely be for some time.

The impact of the tornado on Wenonah cannot be overstated. Hundreds of large mature hardwood trees were destroyed like matchsticks in just seconds. Many homes remain uninhabitable months after the event. There is, however, a silver lining. By the grace of God, there were no deaths and no serious injuries. 


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