Powerful winds cause damage, temps drop

February 20, 2011 5:10:09 AM PST
What a difference a day makes. On Friday temperatures were in the mid-60's. On Saturday it was significantly colder and much windier.

So goes our winter of discontent.

The winds toppled trees and power lines across the area.

In Glen Rock, the gusts knocked a tree into the back of a home.

In Queens, the winds kicked down some scaffolding and part of a chimney at a vacant building along 149th street in Flushing.

And the wind continues to cause big problems on the roads.

There are speed restrictions along several area bridges and there is a motorcycle ban along the New Jersey Turnpike.

Neighbors on Ridge Road in Glen Rock are helping to manage a major tree removal operation.

A 90-foot red oak tree was blown over by Saturday's fierce winds and sliced the back half of a two story house. The owners are away.

"We were just supposed to be collecting the paper," neighbor Boyd Lowry said.

Arborists say the tree trunk had dry rot, and it's possible the homeowner didn't know.

The loud crackle and crash echoed throughout the neighborhood on Saturday afternoon.

"When I heard it I thought it was a tree. This happens a lot," said neighbor Dennis Fordham.

Around the corner, this NJ Transit train was briefly held up because of downed branches on the tracks.

And in Tenafly, a tree fell, smashing in the roof of a white Audi station wagon.