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Morris County, N.J. Residents Recount Fast-Moving Storm That Left Quite A Mess In Its Wake

ROXBURY TOWNSHIP, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — A major cleanup was underway Wednesday in Morris County, where many trees came tumbling down during Tuesday nights storm.

An EF-1 tornado touched down in Stanhope and Hopatcong, tossing branches and downing trees.

Residents in one neighborhood said they received a tornado alert on their cellphones, adding they heard what sounded like a freight train coming through seconds later, CBS2s Alice Gainer reported.

Homeowners have been working all day to clear fallen trees and branches before more storms rolle din. Some homes are uninhabitable after trees crashed down.

Chopper 2 was over the scene off Kingsland Road in Roxbury Township, capturing images of trees down, including some that smashed through homes.

Trees down in Roxbury Township, New Jersey. (Credit: Aundrea Cline-Thomas/CBS2)

From the ground, Gainer got a closer look at the mess. One tree fell on a homeowners garage, crushing it, while also damaging the next-door neighbors roof.

“It was just one loud bang, actually like two bangs and it shook the whole house,” homeowner Ron Hower said.

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Branches actually pierced the bedroom and bathroom ceilings of the home, knocking the closet doors right off the hinges.

“Just devastated … Im just devastated,” homeowner Joyce Rauh said. “I dont know. I guess it could be worse.”

Thankfully, they were not in the bedroom when it happened.

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Of the neighbors Gainer talked to on one particular street, all of them were not near the falling trees, including the homeowners two houses down. One said he was standing in the middle of his storm doors when the tree fell.

Residents said it all happened so quickly, within seconds of receiving the tornado alert on their phones.

“Within 30 seconds the tree was on top of the house,” said resident Stella Canfield. “By the time weRead More – Source

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