Updated at 6:39 p.m.
WESTFIELD, NJ — The couple was rousted when a thick tree dropped onto the roof of their home on Tremont Avenue Wednesday night.
Contractors were cutting up the branches of the tree Thursday morning after it fell from the rear yard damaging the roof shortly before 10:30 p.m., one in a series of incidents to occur as fast winds whipped through the tree-lined town.
“I heard it. It was a loud bang and the house shook,” said Tom Conheeney, who along with his wife, Dorothea, has lived in Westfield for 54 years. The Conheeneys spent the evening with their daughter in Summit as authorities had to cut power to the home.
By the morning, however, Tom Conheeney was back in Westfield overseeing contractors and talking with an insurance agent.
While some roads were shut in Westfield Wednesday night, all the roads had been reopened by the next morning, police said.
The storm, however, was not over.
Fire Battalion Chief Scott Miller said his crew had responded to three storm-related calls as of 10:30 a.m. Thursday, including a downed tree on Willow Grove Parkway.
“We came in this morning at 7:30,” Miller said. “We already had three storm related calls. One was a tree and the other two were downed wires.”
Nobody was injured in the storm, Miller said.
With the National Weather Service predicting high winds throughout the day, the battalion chief anticipated more incidents.
The National Weather Service high wind advisory issued 8:40 a.m. stated that due to a combination of wet soil and most trees being heavy with leaves, winds many blow down large limbs and/or trees. The advisory remains in effect until 6 p.m.
“Scattered power outages are expected,” the weather statement said.
The windy weather also threatened to wreak havoc during the evening commute through neighboring Mountainside, where a tree branch hung precariously on wires at on Mountain Avenue on the approach to Route 22.
In an alert at 5:05 p.m., Union County officials warned of the large tree limb hanging on wires.
"No access to Mountain Ave. from Route 22 until PSE&G can remove the limb," the county alert stated.
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