Microburst Ripped Through NJ Town

By KATHERINE CREAG
|  Saturday, Feb 26, 2011  |  Updated 5:56 PM EDT
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Microburst Ripped Through NJ Town

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A storm with heavy rains and fierce winds ripped roofs from homes and toppled trees as a storm moved through Lakewood, N.J. Friday.

The microburst that hit Lakewood contained winds of 75 mph winds, according to the National Weather Service.

"It was spinning in a circle, like 'The Wizard of Oz.' The grills, chairs off of a patio," said Matthew Draheim a worker who witnessed the gusts.

The winds were so strong, part of the roof ripped away from an entire apartment building.

The four families that lived in the affected part of the building are staying in a hotel. They can return as soon as their homes are safe to be in, officials said.

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