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Storm uproots trees and downs power lines in New Jersey

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It wasn’t a tornado but the people who live in New Jersey told me it certainly felt like one. A fierce thunderstorm raced through northern New Jersey in a flash, knocking down power lines and trees, causing widespread outrages.

Workers silhouetted against a darkening sky were trimming tree limbs that were threatening power lines….and others were atop the roofs of homes removing debris tossed around during the storm that raced across the state with lightening speed. Trees were torn from their foundation and power lines toppled….as winds gusted upwards of 65 miles per hour. New Jersey had been alerted to the possibility of a tornado, that one never surfaced.

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Tree toppled by high winds barely missed crushing an infant sleeping in the New Jersey home behind it. (Photo/Marvin Scott)

Andrea Vico, who lives in Emerson, said, “It felt like a tornado. I watched the wind tossing everything around in my backyard. It was scary.”

A 75 foot red oak tree, estimated to be 150 years old, toppled into a house in Emerson, slicing through a bedroom where an infant was asleep in his crib. It fell within inches of the toddler who was grabbed just in time by his mother. At the height of storm, PSE&G reported that some

4,000 customers were without power. Dozens of flights at Newark Airport were either cancelled or delayed.

By 6:30 p.m. the rain had stopped. There wasn’t a visible rainbow…but the hues of color in the distant sky made it clear it was the calm–after the storm. Generators were providing light for crews that were expected to be working through the night. PSE&G was slowly restoring power and was hopeful of having everything back to normal by morning.