Strong winds knock down trees across Tri-State, cause partial wall collapse in Fort Lee

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Monday, March 11, 2024
Strong winds send tree crashing through NJ home into kitchen
Toni Yates has the story in Hillsdale on wind damage.

FORT LEE, New Jersey (WABC) -- Weather is causing destruction across the Tri-State as damaging wind has knocked down several trees and even caused damage to buildings.

The strong wind gusts have kept utility crews and tree services very busy Monday, but fortunately no major injuries have been reported.

A wind gust sent a tree crashing onto a car in Prospect Park, Brooklyn, and in Rockland County a tree topped onto a power line in Ramapo, forcing ground closures.

There are also several reports out of New Jersey where the wind has caused trees to fall across the area.

In Hillsdale, a massive tree crashed through a home right into the kitchen.

Homeowner Michael Sokol said he was home at the time with his dog and initially didn't realize what had happened. The incident wiped out his bathroom, kitchen and deck.

"I've been concerned about those trees since we moved in, but nothing we can do about it,"Sokol said.

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And crews responded to the scene after high winds caused a wall to partially collapse at a building under construction on Main Street in Fort Lee around 11 a.m.

Officials say the strong winds took out the top section of a hollow, block wall and part of it fell on the building next door, which caused damage to the roof.

Debris also fell onto the sidewalk. No injuries were reported but there is property damage left behind.

And in Livingston a tree fell across Sterling Drive around 9 a.m., missing the homes on both sides of the street.

"We got a report of a tree down with wires, taking wires down and on fire, when we arrived on scene, the tree was across the roadway," said Chief Christopher Mullin with the Livingston Fire Department.

Another tree was found down on the JFK Parkway near the Short Hills Mall.

Meanwhile in Hoboken, a 33-year-old from Jersey City was struck in the back when an awning fell off a vacant storefront at 200 Washington St. The woman was taken to the hospital with complaints of lower back pain.

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CeFaan Kim reports.


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