MIDDLETOWN, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — A powerful storm blew through Monmouth County on Wednesday and left behind downed trees and power lines.
On Greengrove Court, a couple was forced out of their brand new Tudor-style home after a massive tree sliced right through the roof the same day they were moving in.
“Everything was, like, down. The trees in the cul-de-sac, our neighbors that just moved in, a tree went into their house. I mean, everything was just in disarray, very scary. But everyone is safe on our end and their end, that we know of,” neighbor Nicky Raviele said.
“They were having people deliver their furniture. The truck was on the way, he had to call them and tell them to… it’s sad,” another neighbor said.
Heavy duty clean-up crews brought in giant cranes to clear the mess after the storm.
Residents in the area say everything happened very quickly.
Ben Harris has a feeling both his truck and SUV are damaged after they were buried under debris in his driveway.
“My wife and I knew enough to send the kids down to the basement, but it wasn’t until we got down in the basement and heard the noise stop that you realize you heard, like, the usual train noise everybody talks about with a tornado,” Harris said.
The toppled trees, snapped power poles and dangling wires are an all-too-familiar sight.
Residents say it seems like there’s been wild weather every week, including Tropical Storm Isaias earlier this month.
“It’s relentless, it won’t leave. But everybody’s OK, so this is just labor,” Middletown resident Michael Raviele said.
The National Weather Service is still looking into whether a tornado touched down. They’re expected to have an answer Thursday.
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