Tree falls on car, kills man in Manchester Twp.

June 23, 2011 4:13:31 AM PDT
Manchester Mayor Michael Fressola confirms a man was killed when a tree fell on his car on Route 571 in Manchester Township.

The accident happened during the evening rush Wednesday near the intersection of Route 70.

The man, who was not a Manchester resident, was alone in his vehicle.

The mayor says it is a very busy intersection, especially during the rush hour.

The man has not been identified pending family notification.

"It came down like hell, I'll tell you, it was like a bomb explosion went off," said Herman Kapiloff, a Manchester Township resident.

Herman Kapiloff and his wife Rita were inside their house when it suddenly got dark and the hail began to fall, and so did trees all around them.

Rita went out to see how bad it was and that's when the tree that hit their house shifted.

"All of a sudden I saw it move and come towards me," Rita Kapiloff said.

It hit her in the face and cut her lip, but she's going to be OK.

Mayor Fressola says there was a tremendous amount of damage in the Whiting section of town.

Residents of one home in a retirement village had to be relocated because their home was extensively damaged.

The National Weather Service has been in touch with the Mayor's office.

They say they have no indication that the storm that came through was a tornado. They say it was likely straight line winds.

JCP&L is reporting about 5,000 power outages as a result of this most recent storm system.

The outages are mainly in Blairstown, Hackettstown, Newton and Basking Ridge.

Whiting only has scattered outages, but Eyewitness News found a lot of damage.

Within a five block radius there were several downed trees, some that were ripped up right from their roots.

Manchester Township Police Sgt. James Komsa says several homes in the Ocean County community were damaged by falling trees.

Township resident Frieda Maher says so many hail stones were falling outside her window that it looked like a whiteout during the height of the storm.

Forecasters had issued two separate tornado warnings for parts of northwestern and coastal New Jersey on Wednesday afternoon as very strong thunderstorms moved through the state from west to east. And they say more severe weather is possible on Thursday.

Stay with Eyewitness News for the very latest weather updates.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report)