FREEHOLD, NJ(CBSNewYork) — Storms hit the Jersey Shore hard and fast on Saturday night, and some residents are lucky to be alive.

lightning lit up the sky and tornado strength winds sent trees crashing into power lines. The storm left more than 60,000 people across Monmouth and Ocean counties without power.

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Shocked residents told CBS 2’s Amy Dardashtian that they had never seen anything like this before.

“I was so amazed at what I saw, I couldn’t believe I saw lightning hit something,” said Tara D’Angelo-Fernandez.

A couple in Freehold narrowly missed being squashed like bugs when a tree was split in half and landed on their car.

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Work crews had their hands full removing trees from homes and power lines. A power surge even ignited power lines in the midst of a family reunion.

“We saw the fire and the smoke travelling down the wire right into the house and it shot right down the walls into the house into the basement,” said one woman.

By Sunday most customers had, had their power restored.

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