Powerful storms uproot trees, cause power outages for thousands in New Jersey
Powerful storms swept through New Jersey Saturday night, uprooting trees and causing thousands of power outages through several communities.
Bolts of lightning were seen throughout the night sky as the rain poured.
Some areas even reported hail the size of golf balls as thousands sheltered in place as the storms moved through.
In Howell, the storms uprooted a tree in Lawrence Avenue.
Homeowner Rob Stout said he saw the skies get cloudy before he heard and saw thunder and lighting and quarter-sized hail began to fall. The hail and winds were so intense that he was afraid his home's windows were going to shatter.
Stout said he then heard what sounded like "military jets landing" in his backyard when he saw a tree had fallen, taking part of the home's gutter and part of the roof. He also saw that a tree in his front yard partially fell onto his daughter's car.
Stout said then the weather calmed down as fast as it had arrived. He added that no one was hurt.
A News 12 New Jersey crew observed that the traffic lights were out along Route 9. Several homes in Howell are also without power, and some roads were closed.
The crew also observed several trees had fallen throughout the neighborhood.
Crews will assess the damages on Sunday to see if there was a tornado or tornadoes. The National Weather Service said it is very possible based on the early evidence.