Monmouth County residents spend day cleaning up after major storm

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Many Monmouth County residents spent the first day of November cleaning up after a powerful storm caused damage around the area.

Route 34 remained shut down Friday afternoon from the Collingswood Circle to Interstate-195 due to down trees and powerlines. Officials say that they don’t expect that stretch to reopen until Sunday.

The storm ripped through Kevin Maloney’s neighborhood on Center Street in Neptune.

“It was probably about 1, 1:15 a.m. and dead asleep and it sounded like a truck drove straight through my living room,” he says. “We were like, ‘Oh my God. What was that?’”

A tree limb fell across his roof. The wind knocked down more trees across the street.

"Our two trees were next to each other. I have a tall pine tree and [my neighbor] had a big oak tree and so it went through the fence and got my shed, my fence, her whole property and the house in back of us,” says Donna Schaefer.

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Julianne Chandler says that a tree nearly fell on her home.

"I’m really lucky that the wind blew it right across instead of on me because it would've crushed the house,” she says.

Wall Township officials helped residents to clear trees that came down in their neighborhoods. Two buildings at the Monmouth Executive Airport collapsed due to the weather conditions. No injuries were reported.

County officials are asking residents to be patient as the cleanup continues and to slow down on the roads to protect working repair crews.

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