Severe winds, heavy rains barrel through area

July 25, 2010

Residents in Millville, Cumberland County, New Jersey say strong winds came through the area bringing down trees and anything not bolted down.

A bridal shower was taking place on the 500 block of Cedar Road in Millville at the time of the storm.

The bride, her friends, and family tell Action News they ran for cover.

The canopy used for the event was blown into a pool and the shower decorations went flying.

The homeowner, who was inside during the party, says, before the storm hit, he looked at the radar on and saw the rain coming and said, "we better prepare."

No one was injured.

Meanwhile in Philadelphia, the Rayca family was driving out to Chicago to visit family when they got a call that a tree fell on their home on the 4000 block of Primose Road in the Holmesburg section of the city.

They were in Cleveland at the time and had to turn around.

The 100-year-old tree fell during the storm hitting the home and causing extensive damage.

A tree also came down on the Norton family's home on Pedricktown Woodstown Road in Pedricktown, New Jersey.

The tree punctured the home resulting in rain pouring in.

The family said that nobody was injured.

A tree removal company was called to the scene.

In Wilmington, the storm ruined at least one car owner's day as a tree fell on a Cadillac.

Nobody was in or around the car when the tree fell.

The incident took place on the 1700 block of West 14th Street.

Tree trimmers removed the tree.

Three fires occurred during the storm with officials believing lightning may have been the cause.

Fire departments in Chester County were called out to the report of a house fire on the 100 block of Exeter Road in West Goshen, Pa.

Crews soon called in a second alarm. They were soon able to bring the fire under control.

The family that lives at the home was on vacation at the time of the fire.

Crews in the area also battled a 3-alarm fire in Lansdowne and a 2-alarm fire in Bear, Delaware during the storm.

The official causes of all three fires are still being investigated.

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