Strong gusts knocked over a large facade at Rockingham Honda on North Broadway Monday, sending debris on top of eight sport utility vehicles and minivans outside the dealership.
Owner Emmett Horgan said there were no customers and employees were leaving when the facade, which runs the length of the building, came crashing down.
“Sheet metal you can replace,” Horgan said. “We were very fortunate.”
At Cole’s Mobile Home Village, a large maple tree crushed part of Brenda Paplaskas’ home and punctured the oil tank at 13 Fern Road. It missed — by 2 inches — hitting 84-year-old Winifred Jarosky’s home next door.
“If you could have heard it when it came down,” Jarosky said. “It scared the hell out of me.”
A crew from Enpro came to pump oil from the leaking tank into several large steel drums. Very little oil spilled on the ground, an Enpro employee said.
Another large tree fell in Jarosky’s back yard. A large tree fell that during the 2008 ice storm struck Jarosky’s home, knocking off seven large panels, she said.
An enormous evergreen came crashing down at 45 Millville St., damaging the roof and cracking the walls.
Jovin Ciarletta and his fiancee, Jillian Camasso, both 30, were playing a board game when they suddenly heard a loud noise.
“I heard the tree cracking and I grabbed her and ran into the bathroom,” Ciarletta said. “I heard it hit the front corner and slide to the ground. It could have been worse.”
The tree also blocked part of Asbury Street — one of about a half dozen roads that remained closed late yesterday afternoon, Emanuelson said.
Salem Town Hall, Salem High School and Woodbury Middle School remained without power late yesterday afternoon, along with Northeast Rehabilitation and Greystone and Salemhaven nursing homes, Emanuelson said. The Salem Boys & Girls Club was dark and closed yesterday.