High winds damage power lines, Bed, Bath & Beyond store

Anthony Johnson reports from New Jersey
March 13, 2014 2:35:23 PM PDT
High winds Thursday morning and overnight damaged a building and interrupted train services. BROOKLYN:

The aluminum siding blew off of a Brooklyn building in the Cypress Hills neighborhood overnight Wednesday, damaging parked cars below.

The piece of corrugated siding, about 30 feet by 20 feet, fell from a building at 221 Chestnut St., which is now closed.

No injuries were reported.


Heavy wind blew the roof off of a Bed, Bath & Beyond damaging the structure and gas lines, and causing a small fire, according to Mount Olive Police.

New Jersey Natural Gas received a call at 8:37 a.m. Thursday and arrived less than 20 minutes later, said spokeswoman Micah Rasmussen. She said the scene was secured by 9:12 a.m. and the gas to the building has been shut off. The Flanders and Budd Lake fire departments were assisted by the Netcong Fire Department.

A fuel line in the building's roof was broken, but as of Thursday afternoon, had been repaired by a worker hired by the store, according to the gas company. NJNG has not found any additional leaks and has requested that gas be restored to the building.

No injuries were reported. The neighboring TJ Maxx store was closed immediately after the incident, but has since reopened. In a separate incident, Broadway in Park Ridge, N.J., was closed indefinitely because of downed power lines caused by a falling tree limb. PSEG is on the scene.


PATH train service between Newark and Journal Square has resumed with delays. Service was halted by a damaged pole that was leaning over the tracks just west of the Journal Square Station.

The pole was damaged by high winds last night.