NEWARK - The whipping winds took down trees and power lines across Essex and Union counties on Sunday.

The fire and police departments shut down a portion of Madison Avenue in Elizabeth after a 70-foot tree fell on the street.  

While the tree didn't hit any houses, it crushed a minivan, brought down wires and cracked at least one utility pole.

Elizabeth Mayor Chris Bollwage said PSEG was in the area twice, but was not allowed to put any workers in buckets due to the high winds.

Neighboring Newark also had some damage from the winds.

Along Montrose Avenue in Newark, a 40-foot oak tree was blown over around 11:30 a.m. The tree crashed onto a house, damaging the laundry room.

The house belongs to Geraldine Matthews, who had just walked out of the laundry room to prepare dinner. She says she went back to find her laundry room gone.

Matthews, like other residents affected by the storm, is trying to get the tree cut up and her house boarded up.