The result of a rabid thunderstorm that moved through Thursday night was toppled trees, downed powerlines, and general havoc.
Within minutes of a series of lightning strikes, power went out and tree limbs crashed down. Sheets of rainwater caused backups on Route 9. Police and firefighters were out in force, roping off powerlines on the ground and directing traffic away from tree limbs torn away by the strong winds.
In Woodbridge Proper, the light at the Route 35 and Main Street intersection was feebly blinking while a block away, a was cordoning off a tree limb on the roadway.
A Florida Grove Road home had a tree on its property virtually cut into two by the storm; Perth Amboy police were keeping traffic away from the area. In Fords, another tree apparently struck by lightning entered the roof of a two-family dwelling, while the rest of the tree crashed on cars parked in the driveway.
Approximately 2,000 residents in Middlesex County lost power due to the storm, PSE&G said in a statement on their website.