A New Jersey man filmed the stunning moment a tornado hit his home and captured the devastation in the moments following the storm

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The view from Kobylinski's front door. Mark Kobylinski. Screenshot/Facebook
  • A tornado ripped through Mullica Hill, New Jersey, last week as Hurricane Ida swept the Northeast.

  • A nearby resident posted a video on Facebook capturing the moment a tornado hit his house.

  • The video shows how quickly and thoroughly a tornado can wreck a home.

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An EF-3 tornado rampaged across Mullica Hill, New Jersey, last Wednesday as the flooding and violent winds - the remnants of Hurricane Ida - tore through the northeastern US.

Mark Kobylinski, a resident of Pitman, about 5 miles east of Mullica Hill, happened to film a three-minute Facebook video of showing the before and after of a tornado that blew past his house.

In less than a minute, the storm caused thousands of dollars in damage.

"Incredible damage," he wrote in his post. "Our neighborhood has been devastated but everyone is safe!"

Kobylinski, who appeared to be home alone, took shelter with his dog in his basement while the tornado hit his neighborhood. When he emerged from his basement - less than a minute later - his house had been severely damaged.

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Kobylinski filmed his entryway before heading to his basement to wait out the storm. A minute later he discovered his front yard strewn with debris. Mark Koblynski/Facebook

These photos show the sheer force of the devastation. As Kobylinski surveys his yard, it's easy to see pieces of stray siding littering the area.

You can also see that the house across the street, which was moments earlier intact, has now had some of its exterior paneling ripped off.

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The house across the street had clearly had its paneling ripped off. Mark Kobylinski/Facebook

"Holy shit," Kobylinski said breathlessly as he took in the destruction.

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Kobylinski's own front window was blown out in seconds. Mark Kobylinski/Facebook

One of the windows in Kobylinski's living room shattered.

The EF-3 tornado that hit Mullica Hill was one of seven tornados that swept New Jersey. It obliterated several homes in Mullica Hill neighborhoods and nearly destroyed one of the state's largest dairy farms, ripping apart silos and trapping hundreds of cows.

At least 25 people have died in New Jersey in the tragic aftermath of Hurricane Ida, many of whom perished in their cars while stuck in flash floods.

Kobylinski did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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