Saturday June 30, 2012. Somers Point, NJ. A storm had ripped through the east coast hitting a huge chunk of South Jersey. Ripping out trees, debris everywhere, flooding, deaths and no power. This was a storm that not many people were expecting on a fine summer night.
Two deaths have been reported from Pittsgrove, NJ. The storm had lashed out a tree that crushed two young boys ages 2 and 7. The boys were there camping with their family in Parvin’s State Park. The winds were strong and everything happened so quickly. One of the boys was rushed to a local hospital, but had passed away. Many thoughts and prayers go out to this family and for all those were lost during the storm.
Power was reported being out as early as 1am on Saturday morning and is still not on which is past 8:30pm on Saturday night. Atlantic City Electric has said that the storm initially wiped out over 200,000 customers power. And right now, there’s still about 100,00 that are still without power.
Businesses closed and South Jersey has become a ghost town. Businesses included Kmart, Acme, Shoprite, Wawa, Rite Aid and more. Roads are closed and blocked off. Streetlights are out. Stop signs are in places of traffic lights to regulate any passing traffic. Cops are on duty around the clock until all power is restored.
Atlantic County is still in a state of emergency. People have traveled more inland to be with friends and relatives in these horrific times.
Insurance companies have had their phones ringing off this hook today. Trees are down all over the place. They have taken out houses, fences and vehicles. The biggest one of all is that trees have crushed people to death. Only 13 deaths have been reported, but who knows how many more this storm has taken.
As I laid in bed on Friday night, I was awakened by the thunder and lightening outside of my bedroom window in the wee hours of the Saturday morning. I kept looking outward. All I was seeing was rain pouring and trees violently swaying in the over 40mph winds. The sounds of ambulances, fire trucks and police cars filled the air. Thunder shook my apartment building. Being three floors up was quite frightening.
This writer has been skeptic that the end of the world is coming this December. With the recent storms, deaths, power outages and all that is happening in the United States alone not to mention the UVA rays and much hotter weather. Are we really orbiting towards the sun and is all of this really signs of the world ending?
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To all that have perished from this storm, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your families.
For more information about this storm, please check out these links:
For vidoes of the storm and aftermath:
The Press of Atlantic City on Youtube