Tree down in Cherry Hill, New Jersey.

Tim Jimenez/KYW Newsradio

Philly area recovering from severe storms

July 23, 2019 - 6:37 am

UPDATED: 9 p.m.

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The nasty storms that plowed through the region left behind a lot of damage and tens of thousands of people without power. 

In New Jersey, more than 300,000 homes and businesses were affected. Gov. Phil Murphy says many may not have thier power back for a few days.

The many bumps in the road, while driving around some of the Cherry Hill neighborboods, are tree branches and other debris. There are roads closed off because of downed trees and the power lines they took down with them.

King George Road was one place blocked off in Cherry Hill.

Power lines went down, and there were moments early in the morning when you could hear a zapping sound and see flames shooting from the base of a pole, followed by smoke.

Firefighters stopped by to make sure things were ok. No one was hurt, but this was exhibit A of why people should stay away from power lines that hit the ground.

A few blocks away, on Cambridge Street, Peter Shaw still couldn’t believe what he saw Monday night.

He got home just in time Monday to watch the winds rip a huge tree out of the ground in front of his house.

"I saw the storm clouds comingm. I pulled my car up (on the driveway). I normally park it underneath that tree. The next thing you know, the wind started really kicking up," he said. "I saw the tree was pushing towards the right, and I called my son over and said, 'George come look at this.' And then he said, 'Dad, look at the curb. It's buckling.' And the next thing you know, the tree fell over."

Power was wiped out for many people who live in the area, and Shaw says they don't know when the lights will go back on. He and his family have to rely on the generator for power. He also has to give the insurance company a call. It's inconvenient for sure, but it could have been worse.

"Everyone was safe and that’s what’s most important."


KYW Newsradio's Kim Glovas and Tim Jimenez contributed to this report.