June 2009 hail in New Jersey
© CBSA man shovels his driveway after a major hail storm pounded Washington Township, N.J. on June 15, 2009.

Hail Storm Pounds Parts Of Garden State With Several Inches; Residents Watch In Amazement As Plows Clear Streets

Washington Township, N.J. - Parts of New Jersey were pummeled by a massive hail storm on Monday afternoon, leaving it looking as if a June blizzard blew through with inches of dime-sized pellets piling up.

Washington Township residents were seen on their driveways breaking out the snow shovels and officials sent out bulldozers to act as snow plows to clear the streets after severe thunderstorms pounded the region. Children were seen forming hailballs.

CBS 2 HD's Christine Sloan was in Washington Township and spoke to stunned residents. This as the snow and ice piled up around them.

It was a day for snow boots and a jacket as several inches fell in what's being looked at as one freak storm.

Plowing snow, ice, whatever you want to call it on a street in Washington Township in June. It wasn't an understatement to say folks in the neighborhood were shocked.

"Never in my lifetime, never," Karen Yates said.

Neighbors who found themselves shoveling all Monday afternoon, said the hail started coming down fast and furious at around 2:30 p.m. Yates caputred much of storm on video, including the ice river that ran down the middle of her street.

"I grabbed my video camera and then I looked out the front window and it was like a river in my front yard going right down the street," Yates said.

Added neighbor Jeff Don: "I've been here for 33 years and it's never been this bad."

The strong storms continued to push through up until 4 p.m. But CBS 2 HD's Lonnie Quinn said more strong storms could continue to pop up as the night progressed, bringing even more hail, along with the potential for severe thunderstorms.

Flash flooding occurred in some areas and caused massive NJ Transit delays for Emerson and Pascack Valley trains. NJ Transit Bus 165 and Red & Tan Coaches are cross honoring from Port Authority Bus Terminal.

It's been a very wet June in the tri-state. Central Park has recorded more than 5 inches of rain already this month.