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Powerful Storm Sweeps Through Vineland, New Jersey

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By Diana Rocco

VINELAND, N.J. (CBS) - Trees are down and crews are once again fixing wires and clearing roads – evidence of the powerful storm that swept through Vineland late Tuesday afternoon, knocking out power to dozens of homes.

“It came down pouring rain. An hour and a half later, we got this wind storm coming through,” said Marilyn Siciliano after she lost power.

She’s hoping it will only be for a few hours rather than the 36 she spent in the heat with her two kids at the end of June 30th when a severe storm left hundreds of thousands without power. Many in town had no power for a week or longer.

Tuesday afternoon, crews were working to clear Chestnut Street after high winds brought down three big trees.

“I heard this noise. It’s some kind of crashing noise, like two trees crashing together. Then I walked down the block and found out it was actually three,” said Siciliano.

“This brings back memories,” said Frank Lasalandra, who had to close his restaurant after he lost power during dinner.

“More than anything it’s frustration. We can’t even clean up, it’s so hot in there,” he said.

Like most in the area, he’s still recovering from last month’s storm that left his yard a mess and his business, the Martino Trattoria Pizzeria, without power for four days.

Debris is still just about everywhere, with branches and tree limbs piled high on curbs.

“Hopefully, it won’t be that long, won’t be as bad as last time,” said Lasalandra.

Police say it could be October before clean up from that storm is finished.

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