On Tuesday, June 10, 2008, a cold front collided with hot humid air over northern New Jersey, producing some of the most dramatic thunder storms ever seen in Maplewood and Essex County.
The storm bent the young tree in front of my house completely horizontal, but did much worse damage just a few blocks away. Particularly hard hit was the block of Midland Boulevard between Summit and Richmond where almost every tree was uprooted — taking sidewalks with them and knocking through a few roofs.
Although it looked like the work of a tornado, the event was ultimately ruled a microburst — a small, very intense downdraft that can produce winds of more than 100 mph and cause significant damage.
The next day, the Star-Ledger reported that 60,000 customers were still without power in Essex County and posted dramatic photos.
Joy Yagid captured many dramatic photos herself that day, posting them on Flickr. Yagid has shared a few of those photos here.
Today, the ravaged block of Midland is blooming with new trees, roofs have been repaired, and crunched cars long ago towed away.
Fortunately, there were no significant injuries in Maplewood due to the storm.