NEWARK - After a historic snowstorm blanketed much of New Jersey, cleanup is just beginning.

In Newark's Forest Hill section, many 100-year-old trees fell because of the heavy snow.

"You could hear the crackling of the branches," said John Gonzalez. "And then we saw a big branch fall off that tree. And we started getting nervous, saying this is dangerous out here."

Sanitation officials say they have been out since 1 p.m. yesterday working to clean up the streets of branches that had fallen.

The branches also brought down many power lines, leaving more than 600,000 without power across the state as of 5 p.m. Officials say it could be days before all the power is restored.

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