ENGLISHTOWN - Strong storms swept over New Jersey Friday to kick off the holiday weekend, causing property damage and temporarily cutting power to thousands of people.

Much of the state was under a tornado watch and a flash flood warning Friday as the storms moved through, packing large hail and heavy winds. The storms brought nearly 3 inches of rain to some areas in as little as three hours.

In Englishtown, a giant tree uprooted and toppled onto a homeowner's front yard, narrowly missing the house.

The tree crushed a car parked nearby.

Jersey Central Power & Light reported up to 7,000 power outages at the height of the storm, most of which have been restored.