Storms That Devastated Deep South Bash Parts Of Tri-State Area

It Didn't Last Long, But Caused Its Fair Share Of Mayhem

PATERSON, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — A powerful storm system that killed more than 270 people across the South made its way through the Tri-State area Thursday.

Tornado warnings were issued for Passaic, Essex, Hunterdon, Warren and Bergen counties in New Jersey and Rockland and Orange counties in New York.

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Severe thunderstorm and flash flood watches were also in effect in many parts of New Jersey and New York for most of the day.

High winds brought down trees in parts of Morris and Somerset counties earlier Thursday.

In Randolph, residents said they were awestruck by the ferocity of Mother Nature.

“I saw a mist go by the window that way and then the crack and then the tree came down, and then the other tree came down and took down all the wires,” one Randolph resident told CBS 2’s Katie Fehlinger.

One resident’s fence was even blown away by the storm.

The skies opened up on the Tri-State area Thursday afternoon with severe storms that made travel nearly impossible.

“It rained so hard that I couldn’t even see and my wipers were on high. I had to pull over,” Kevin Johnson said.

“The wind was whipping and it was dark. And it was scary because my daughter is in school and I didn’t know what was going on there,” Buffie Hyman added.

The fury was short-lived, but left a mark.

“The winds lasted maybe a minute, but the damage was done,” Johnson said.

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Juliet Papa reports: Ex-1010 WINS’ Anchor Describes Storms In Alabama

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A tornado has flattened Pleasant Grove, Ala., a subdivision of Mountain Grove, Thursday, April 28. 2011. (credit: Greg Bluestein/AP)

Earlier, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo activated the statewide Emergency Operations Center.

The same storm system hit Tuscaloosa, Alabama like a bomb. Homes and buildings in the college town were reduced to rubble after a massive tornado touched down Wednesday evening.

“We have hundreds of homes and businesses destroyed and hundreds more damaged,” said Walt Maddox, Tuscaloosa mayor.

Former 1010 WINS news anchor James Faherty, who relocated to Birmingham, AL, said the storm carried debris from the devastating path it took from Tuscaloosa — which is 50 miles away.

“When it rolled in, it was just the most ominous looking thing you’ve ever seen,” Faherty said. “There’s nothing you can do but just stand there and watch helplessly as this thing rolled through dealing mayhem.”

The powerful storm system moved through the South with strong thunderstorms, hurricane-force winds and a wave of tornadoes.

Officials were still trying to determine exactly how many tornadoes touched down, but for storm victims from Texas to Virginia, this has been a week of  misery.

President Barack Obama has authorized the federal government to coordinate relief efforts.

Did you get hit by the storm? Any damage? Leave a comment below.


One Comment

  1. Rose says:

    NY/NJ we dodged a bullet – Thanks to whoever your higher being is.

  2. beesting says:

    I hope the weather in the northern hemisphere has nothing to do with the weather modification warfare called Haarp used by major countries today. To change the Jet steam for whatever reasons cannot be justifiable for the huge weather impacts all are experiencing of these last 5 years or so! Please stop this experiment, before we in the south Hemisphere suffer too!

  3. ericm says:

    Jeez. Calm down folks. It’s just a little storm.

    1. dico j. says:

      That’s the problem. Everybody thinks it’s a joke, until it one day it comes and bites them right in the *ss.

      1. Shadowlynne says:

        Little storm? I sure if the survivors of the Tri-State Tornado or this ‘little storm’ would be offended by your statement. I guess to you the earthquake in Japan was a little shake too. One day it may/may not happen to you & hopefully before then you’ll realize it wasn’t just a ‘little storm’.

  4. Alexis Amore says:

    If you go outside you would blow away!!!!
    I am stuck in my dads office with him it is very scary

  5. Alexis Amore says:

    Hi ,
    I live in New Jersey, i am really scared right now because you can barly see outside the window it is pouring rain and lightning and thoundering

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  7. Auburn Dale says:

    What, Alabama can’t keep its weather it itself?

  8. HooDatIS? says:

    god bless america
    this is tragic
    we got to love each other more, because when diaster strikes ” we all we got”
    give a hug today, and not violence
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    1. NYC says:

      truly agree ^_^

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