Pounding Rain, Wind Cause Flooding, Power Outages in New Jersey

Severe flooding prompted officials in West Windsor Township to declare a state of emergency

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NBC 4 New York

Heavy rain and strong winds ravaged several New Jersey communities Saturday, rendering roadways impassable and leaving thousands without electric power.

More than 11,000 customers lost power in Middlesex and Somerset counties, according to PSE&G officials. Crews had restored power to all but 1,000 customers by 11 p.m.

Strong winds felled several trees in Morristown. Falling branches snapped power lines and hundreds of homes and businesses were without power, officials said.

Severe flooding prompted officials in West Windsor Township to declare a state of emergency. Police and fire crews rescued several people from disabled vehicles on flooded roads, officials said. Residents were warned to stay off the roads.

Roads were awash with rainwater in many communities, including South Brunswick, Oak Bridge, Princeton and nearby Plainsboro.

The Princeton Junction train station was closed as the tunnel was flooded.

The stormy weather forced cancellations of many weekend activities.

Thunderstorms forced a stoppage of play in the PGA Championship in Springfield, New Jersey.

Foul weather also prompted organizers to cancel Saturday's hot air balloon festival in Readington, New Jersey. The QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning is billed as the largest hot air balloon and music festival in North America with 100 balloons taking flight. The festival is scheduled to continue Sunday.

Steady rain is expected to continue overnight in the tri-state area, says Storm Team 4. Most of the region will have received one to three inches of rain by Sunday morning.

The storm system should cool the region on Sunday, with high temperatures struggling to reach 80 degrees. Scattered showers and thunderstorms are possible. 

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