EDGEWATER,NJ(CBSNewYork) – – A storm left residents in Edgewater, New Jersey without power on Sunday. Residents told CBS 2’s Dave Carlin that a transformer exploded during the storm.

“I was sitting at the traffic light and I’ve never seen lightning hit anything before, but it hit the transformer and it just literally  in front of my eyes exploded and fell right to the ground,” said Arslan Akhtar.

Firefighters applied streams of water as crackling, smoky, chaos stretched up and down the streets of Edgewater, and a car fire created a ball of flames that could be seen for miles.

“I saw orange flames in the skies, basically yeah,” said Naz Agahan.

For now many residents are relying on flashlights as they wait for PSE&G to replace the smoking wires and turn the lights back on.

PSE&G said that 3,100 customers are without power, Con Edison reported more than 2,500 outages across the city and in Westchester.

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