Lightning Possibly Causes House Fire As 41K Lose Power In NJ

More than 41,000 lost power in a wild overnight storm that included a possible lightning strike that caused a house fire. Roads were closed and a train service was shut down in the aftermath (see list of roads closed, towns with power outages below).

Several school districts, including Manchester and West Morris Central, even shut down.

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A tornado watch was issued around 1:30 a.m. but was canceled by 6 a.m. By that point, however, the damage was already done.

The North Jersey Coast Line was shut down in the Middletown area because a tree was down on the tracks and wires, officials said.

A house in Rutherford caught fire and local officials say a lightning strike was likely to blame. Numerous people on social media captured the house fire on video.

News12 reported that neighbors heard a loud crack before the fire took place. Three people were inside the house.

Read more: Traffic Light Down On South Street In Morristown Monday Morning

Lightning also caused havoc in other areas of the state.

Here is the list of towns that have power outages:

    TOTAL 41,569

    Here are the road problems:

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