Strong winds gusting more than 60 mph have caused a partial roof collapse in Atlantic City and widespread power outages across parts of South Jersey.

Statewide, about 30,000 customers were without power, and a roof was blown off also at Camden County College, authorities said.

As of 10 p.m. Wednesday night, over 700 people remained without power in both Atlantic and Cumberland counties. 

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Of the over 700 affected in Cumberland County, power was restored to most as of 8 a.m on Thursday, according to Atlantic City Electric's website. 

The apartment complex at St. James Place and the Boardwalk across from the Irish Pub in Atlantic City was evacuated by firefighters who arrived about 1 p.m.

Anthony Cappuccio, a resident of the complex, said that the wind came out of nowhere and took him by surprise.

"I couldn't even close my balcony door," he said. Then I heard cracking and smashing. It sounded like wood was breaking."

Several cars were also damaged by falling debris in the parking lot next to the complex on the Tennessee Avenue side.

Zack Steiner, an Atlantic City resident, had the passenger side of his car severely damaged by a piece of metal that flew off the building. 

"I saw it from my window at work," he said. "The pieces flew off the roof like missiles."

Crews on the scene that, despite the extensive damage to the roof, there were no injuries. 

Residents of the complex were being escorted back into the building to retrieve essential belongings but were not allowed to stay inside. 

Meanwhile, almost 13,200 Atlantic City Electric customers were without electricity due to the storms.

About 3,000 of those outages were in Atlantic County. Another 2,300 customers in Cumberland County lost power due to the high winds.

The Millville Airport reported a 66-mph wind gust as the storms passed.

Very little thunder and lightning occurred with the storms, which were most noted for the damaging winds and briefly heavy rain.

Six Flags Great Adventure amusement park in Jackson Township, Ocean County, shut down rides after the park lost power.

The storms' heavy rains and strong winds that knocked down trees and power lines. No injuries were reported.

The storm knocked the roof off a Camden County College building and the Camden Riverline service was briefly suspended between the Pennsauken Transit Center and Route 73 in Pennsauken due to a downed tree blocking the tracks.

About 30,000 people statewide had no power as of late Wednesday afternoon, but utility company expected service to be restored by Wednesday night.

Northern New Jersey was the hardest hit. About 18,000 customers had no power.

Crews say the whole building has been evacuated. They are now setting up a perimeter keeping people back. #acpress

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Broadcast meteorologist for 15 years (Marquette, Michigan; Burlington, VT; Albany, NY; South Jersey). NBC40 Chief meteorologist from December 2003 through December 2014. Press meteorologist since January 2015

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