Shocking moment 'absolute monster' tornado blasts through Texas after deadly storms battered US

SHOCKING footage captured the moment a tornado blasted through northern Texas after deadly storms battered the US this weekend.

The tornado touched down north of the small town of Morton on Monday and registered wind gusts up to 70mph, according to officials.

Storm chaser Chad Casey filmed the massive tornado as it moved across the town, calling it an "absolute monster."

The National Weather Service directed people to take over and move to a basement or the lowest floor of a sturdy building.

No injuries or deaths have been reported as a result of the tornado.

Another tornado ripped through the small town of Gaylord, Michigan, on Friday, leaving destruction in its path and at least 44 people injured.

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It registered maximum winds of 140mph and was rated an EF3 on theEnhanced Fujita scale, according to the National Weather Service office.

Images showed how the severe storms with isolated tornadoes toppled trees and power lines and left homes and businesses damaged.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer declared a state of emergency for Otsego County following the tornado.

"Michiganders are tough. We are resilient. We will do what it takes to rebuild. There’s no challenge we can’t get through together," Whitmer said.

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Whitmer released an initial statement via Twitter as word of the tornado spread.

"My heart goes out to the families and small businesses impacted by the tornado and severe weather in Gaylord," she wrote.

"To the entire Gaylord community—Michigan is with you. We will do what it takes to rebuild."

Meanwhile, in New Jersey, a hailstorm left ping-pong and avocado-sized hail as wild storms swept through the Cherry Hill area.

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The National Weather Service in Mount Holly issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Central Ocean County in southern New Jersey earlier on Friday. Winds of up to 60 miles per hour were expected.

Residents shared photos of giant ping-pong and avocado-sized hail that fell on Friday afternoon as wicked storms moved through the area. Twitter user Chip Murphy called the storm "intense."

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