At approximately 6:00 PM on Friday July 31, 2009,following a severe thunderstorm watch as well as a severe tornado warning, a quick moving storm struck the area causing severe damage and leaving many residents without power throughout the night. While the storm only lasted 20 minutes it packed a punch with torrential downpour, lightening, and gusts of wind up to 59 MPH. This resulted in major flooding, trees uprooted and across roadways, branches down and on houses and cars, and wires down throughout the town. While damage could be found throughout the town, the most severe of the damage was concentrated in the Gilford Park section of the town.
Units 2811, 2801, 2865, and 2807 answered call after call non-stop for 3 hours. The calls ranged from trees blocking roadways, wires down, branches into houses, wires on fire, cars on fire, and possible structure fires. Fire department members responded to the calls and ensured that there were no lives or properties in danger of harm and notified the proper personnel to repair the wires and/or remove the trees. According to Jersey Central Power and Light about 15,000 customers were without power following the storm, some still without power the following day.
Photos: (top left) Storm cloud seen forming over toms river. Photo Courtesy of WABC7. (right) Unit 2865 is seen maneuvering past a downed tree while enroute to a call. Photo Courtesy Asbury Park Press.
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