PENNSAUKEN, N.J. (CBS) — Residents across the region are cleaning up after powerful storms moved in during the overnight hours. In Camden, New Jersey, powerful winds ripped part of an apartment complex’s roof off, and in South Philadelphia, dozens of trees were brought down, with some even on top of cars.
There were no reports of any twisters touching down. A wind advisory remains in effect for the whole region until 10 p.m. Monday.
On West River Drive in Pennsauken, fallen tree limbs and branches littered yards. Crews cut down a large tree that smashed and totaled a car. The owner was too upset to speak.
A nearby Mercedes Benz suffered less extensive damage. The sunroof was destroyed on Darnell Harrison’s girlfriend’s car.
“I mean, we had storms, but not like this,” Harrison said.
In Camden, 27 residents of the “All American Gardens” apartments on the 2000 block of South 8th Street were forced from their homes when high winds tore the roof off at about 5 a.m.
“I lost everything in my living room,” said resident Jen Rosado.
About 15 units were damaged during the storm.
“The AC started busting out the windows,” said resident Alexander Henriquez. “Everything started collapsing out of nowhere.”
Residents were bused to Malandra Community Hall where the Red Cross is offering assistance, but Joe Caruso, the building’s owner, is exploring options for tenants.
“We are looking for other sites we can move them into,” said Caruso.
Back in Pennsauken, neighbors are thankful they are safe and the power is back on.
“It’s devastating without electricity for a couple of hours,” David Van said. “I didn’t expect it to be like that but it was hectic.”