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Wind causes widespread damage; house knocked to ground

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ATLANTIC COUNTY -

Traffic lights are no where to be found, and debris is scattered all over, after 50 mph winds rocked Atlantic City.

"Wind was probably 60 mph, pushing us in the opposite direction of where we wanted to go," said Ed Gordon as he walked the Atlantic City Boardwalk.

It's because of these winds that thousands in South Jersey lost power overnight on Wednesday, and some still remain in the dark.

"I think we peaked at around 12,000 or 13,000 customers throughout the night, and we are still seeing some outages with the winds being fairly strong," said Vince Maione, Region President for Atlantic City Electric.

The homes that lost power should be restored by midnight, but others were not so lucky when it came to surviving Mother Nature.

A home in Ventnor was in the process of being built and all the work that went into it came tumbling down.

"This morning my wife woke me up around 6:00 A.M. and said look across the street, the house fell down."

According to neighbor Mike Carr, winds knocked the structure to the ground around 4:00 A.M.

He say's that while now it's nothing but a pile of wood, before the storm, it was going to be quite a sight.

"It was going to be beautiful, he put a lot of detail into it, a lot of love went into this house."

A house that will hopefully stand once again, as those in the Ventnor community and all over South Jersey continue to pick up the pieces, from yet another weather wipe out.

Atlantic City Electric reminds anyone who sees wires down, that they are extremely dangerous and not to attempt to clear them on your own. Instead you are asked to call them at 1(800) -833 -7476.

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