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Rainstorm With Strong Winds Wreak Havoc on Parts of NJ

By rlsmetro on
New Jersey

More than 8000 customers were without power in Monmouth County after strong winds and heavy rain wreaked havoc on that part of New Jersey then spread to other areas of the state Sunday.

The fierce and intense rainstorm that swiftly produced thunderstorms sent wind and hail across much of New Jersey Sunday, leaving a path of downed trees and damaged homes and businesses. 

The tornado-like storm pattern ripped a roof off the Neptune Motor Lodge located in the area of Glendola Avenue and South wall Street, but late Sunday night, officials at the National Weather Service said they could not confirm that a tornado touched down in the area. 

National Weather Service said that wind gusts were measured in the 60 to 70 mph range in some areas of the state. 

As of 9 p.m., there were about 27,000 customers without electricity in New Jersey, but utility companies prepared for the storm restored power to more than half the affected customers before 10:30 p.m. 

In Union County, Fanwood and Scotch Plains experienced trees falling on homes and wires down, causing dangerous situations. 

There were no severe injuries reported.