Storms leave hundreds without power in New Jersey

    New Jersey residents are bracing for another round of strong winds and heavy rains spawned by storms that have soaked the state in recent days.

    About, 3,600 utility customers were without power Saturday afternoon, as crews worked to restore their service. The storms had knocked down trees and power lines in some areas, and an entire house was dislodged from its pilings in a low-lying area of Middle Township in southern Jersey.

    The remnants of the home could be seen in Grassy Sound after daybreak Saturday, and residents there were bracing for the possibility of moderate flooding Saturday afternoon.

    Joe Clifford, who lives in the neighborhood, told The Associated Press that the house broke loose and went by his home, then hit and a few decks out in the water and struck his 18-foot boat — which capsized — before it went out to the bay.

    Periods of rain are expected to continue through the weekend. A coastal flood warning was due to remain in effect until Sunday evening.

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