High winds early Sunday morning brought down tree limbs down and whipped around traffic signals in southern New Jersey.
A section of a beech tree that is at least 200 years old — one of the oldest trees in Linwood — came down Sunday morning on Maple Avenue, said local historian Carolyn Patterson.
The top of the tree hit Patterson’s house, but there was no real damage to her home, except the breaking of two window panes. The tree branches that were up against her house were removed by her son, Mike Patterson, and a neighborhood, Michael Everett, also of Linwood.
Patterson said she didn’t hear a thing, but a neighbor across the street, Nick Bessor, heard the branches and limbs come down at 2 a.m. Sunday.
“A whole section of the tree is on the ground,” said Patterson, 83.
The tree will have to be evaluated to see how much damage it took, as there is now a big hole or opening on the tree, Patterson said.
At the Cape May County Airport, strong winds flipped over a small plane, said Joe Salvatore from Naval Air Station Wildwood.
In Millville, a church caught fire when high winds knocked a tree into power lines that supplied the church, fire officials said.
A tree also fell off Davis Avenue in Linwood, and a traffic light from a utility pole was down at News Road and Ocean Heights Avenue in Somers Point.
From about 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the eastbound lane of Route 30 was closed near Home Depot to all traffic, due to the threat of a traffic signal coming down, Absecon Police said. Police directed drivers to use alternate routes including Atlantic City Expressway and the Black Horse Pike into Atlantic City.
By the early afternoon, the wind-damaged traffic signal and pole were repaired, Absecon Police said.
Within The Press of Atlantic City’s coverage area, scattered power outages remained Sunday afternoon, with Atlantic City Electric’s map showing about 20 customers awaiting service in Egg Harbor Township, 14 in the Villas section of Lower Township, seven in Millville, and smaller numbers in scattered towns.
Statewide, nearly 46,000 customers overall remained without power Sunday afternoon, the Associated Press reported.
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