NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A round of storms ripped down trees and power lines, and brought delays and cancellations to Tri-State Area airports and train lines Monday afternoon.
A tornado watch was issued for the area during the afternoon, CBS 2’s Lonnie Quinn reported. No tornado ever touched down, but a funnel cloud was spotted over Paterson, N.J., according to AccuWeather and CBS 2 Weather.
But while the worst was over as the evening rush arrived, the storms left a path of damage in many areas – particularly northern New Jersey.
As CBS 2’s Andrea Grymes reported, one family in Fair Lawn, N.J., feared for their lives when a tree slammed right into their home.
The huge tree snapped in two and fell right across the front yard, across a family’s sport-utility vehicle, and right into the second-floor master bedroom at a home on Midland Avenue.
The top of the house was left partially demolished. No one was hurt, but the homeowners were terrified. Homeowner Erin Miller and her daughter, Emma, spoke to CBS 2’s Grymes at the scene.
“It was really scary. Like we just got home from school, you know, we were sitting in the kitchen just talking, and we looked out of the window,” said Emma Miller. “It was like a scene from a movie, you know, with all winds and rain coming by. We heard the crack – from Sandy, we’re used to hearing that kind of sound – we heard the crack and we just heard a crash.”
But the real shock came when they went upstairs.
“Just shock – a hole in the ceiling with rainwater pouring in, and the whole room is completely ruined,” Erin Miller said.
Emma’s room and that of her brother were spared damage, and the two family dogs were not hurt. But the aluminum siding was splitting off the side of the house, and the family was concerned that it might get worse.
As to whether they would sleep in the house that night, Emma said: “We have a lot of offers from different people – very nice people. We’ll have to play it by ear.”