Firefighters rescued a mother and her 7-month-old son from a stranded station wagon on a flooded New Jersey road after severe thunderstorms moved through the region early Tuesday, causing flash floods, dangerous lightning strikes and damaging winds.
Authorities are investigating whether a possible tornado touched down in southern New Jersey's Ocean County.
In Long Branch, Odalias Perez, her baby boy and a male friend were driving home after getting some breakfast when the vehicle stopped moving on Long Branch Avenue and started smoking, Perez said. She feared flooding may have made the road impassable.
The mother said she was grateful for the assistance.
Asked about the rescue, one emergency responder said, "We were just doing our job."