Severe storms, lightning, wind and a possible tornado slammed Northwest New Jersey Tuesday night, toppling trees, damaging a school and leaving thousands in the dark.
The storms caused widespread power outages, nearing 10,000 in Warren, Sussex and Morris Counties. As of Wednesday morning, about 3,000 customers remained without power in those counties, according to Jersey Central Power & Light.
In Stanhope, a trained weather spotter reported “possible tornado damage” at Lenape Valley Regional High School in Stanhope.
There was a track and field banquet being held in the high school cafeteria as the storm hit. Everyone was evacuated from the school.
Lenape Valley Regional High School will be closed on Wednesday, May 29 and there will be no after school activities.
The National Weather Service will be conducting a storm survey on Wednesday to determine if a tornado hit the area.
In Roxbury Township, a tree came down across Center St and Kings Highway had a minor brush fire due to down power lines. A few branches came down on cars but nothing major and no injuries, according to Roxbury Township Police Department Spokesperson Jen Dillard.
In Blairstown Township, A tree and wires came down on a vehicle on Cedar Lake Road. The occupants of the vehicle were not injured, police said.
In Hopatcong, down trees, telephone poles and wires cover parts of Helen St., Unger, Leo, Wills, Greenwood and Kynor. JCP&L and the Department of Public Works are working in area to clear trees, police said.
In Washington Township, Morris County, South Fours Bridges is closed due to a tree down.