NEW YORK — Just when New Jersey residents thought it was safe to go outside again, two tornadoes struck the Garden State on Tuesday morning, knocking out power to thousands, snarling rush hour traffic and damaging the Quaker Bridge Mall.

Although the mall, located north of Trenton in Lawrenceville, sustained no damage from last week’s hurricane Isabel, severe winds and rain, apparently part of a tornado, passed through the area at 8:30 a.m., downing trees and causing some roof damage to the center, according to John Ferreira, the general mall manager. The only store to close, he said, was a Gap unit flooded by a deluge of water from the mall’s roof. In addition, Gap’s downstairs neighbors Kids Foot Locker and Whitehall Jewelers sustained minimal damage.

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