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Fast moving storm soaks South Jersey

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SOUTHERN NEW JERSEY -

The storm that rolled through South Jersey soaked everything in its path Thursday, and left behind some damage in its wake.

Day looked like night and thunder and lighting filled the skies as they opened up on South Jersey. Drivers traveling on the Black Horse Pike in Hamilton Township dealt with downpours,

and flood prone areas quickly presented problems.

While some drivers plowed through the massive puddles, Chelsea Ramsay wasn't so lucky. "I guess I just misjudged the puddle and my car just stopped." Leaving school early, she was hoping to make it home before the storm got too bad, but got stuck before she made it there.

"I've never seen it this flooded probably since last summer," she said, "when we had that big storm."

"It was gone as quick as it came." But the damage left behind at the Cape May County Zoo took hours to clean up. "A huge squall came through here," said Michael Laffey, Director of Parks for Cape May County, "the clouds turned this area black and we had about 65-70 mph wind that came through the park, downing several trees." One of them being in the wallaby exhibit, but luckily no animals were hurt and no structures were damaged. Power lines along the entrance into the park, though, were not as lucky. "We had a small fire with a tree leaning on an electric line," said Laffey, "Atlantic City Electric did a great job getting in here quick."

Power outages were a problem in several spots across South Jersey, like in Linwood. "I'm ready, I'm ready to go." After the storm that rolled through last June, many said they won't be caught in the same situation again, and that they're not only prepared to lose power, but also not to have it for several days. "I'm always prepared now." For Tom Miller, that means having a generator that got a test run Thursday, and while he hopes he won't have to rely on it for long, he knows he can if he has to. "Right after the last storm in June, I wasn't taking any chances," he said, "so it's already gassed up and ready to go."

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