Heavy precipitation that dumped rain on Essex County and Northern NJ Streets were flooded streets, highways, and lowering area Thursday evening.
During the fast-moving storm, debris was seen floating along the nearly waist-deep water in Nutley, Belleville and Bloomfield.
Officials in these areas said residents called police for help, trapped inside their vehicles after the weather system moved through the state.
In Newark, there were no injuries reported during the storm but significant flooding resulted from Thursday's storm which also resulted in multiple vehicles submerged in flooded areas in the East Ward.
Although the National Weather Service hasn't reported tornadoes in Essex County, residents on social media said they saw a funnel cloud was spotted but it never appeared to hit the ground.
An inch and a half of rain was reported in Caldwell and other parts of the county.
Local Police and state transportation officials closed a section of Route 3 at Bloomfield Avenue to the Cifton border in both directions for about three hours after massive flooding occurred on the roadway.
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