South Jersey community hit hard by storm

July 27, 2009 2:37:41 PM PDT
Straight-line winds are blamed for extensive damage in South Jersey during a Sunday night storm.Workers spent the day Monday removing trees and large branches. Thankfully, no injuries were reported.

"It was horrible. I've never seen anything like it in my life. I was so scared," said resident Betty White.

That was the reaction the day after storms hit the Yardville section of Hamilton Township. Especially hard hit were the Dover Manor and Sunnybrae Apartments complexes on South Broad Street.

Trees were uprooted and huge branches lay against buildings. Some cars were buried, like Manny Morreale found out the hard way.

"I looked over and said 'Oh man. They're both underneath it," Morreale said.

"When that tree went, it sounded like something exploded," White said.

At about 8:15 p.m., a huge tree was uprooted in the backyard of an Elton Avenue home, landing on the roof and scaring the daylights out of three women who were home at the time.

One resident declined to be identified, but talked about the ordeal.

"I've never been scared of storms, and this one scared me to death," she said. "Then we heard a big bang and the house actually shook."

The falling trees even knocked out power for many people through Monday.

While the National Weather Service says straight-line winds, and not a tornado, caused this damage, residents say the results were the same.

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