Microburst causes damage in upper Gloucester
A severe thunderstorm early Wednesday evening caused significant damage to a number of camping trailers at Thousand Trails Campground in the northern part of Gloucester County. No injuries from the storm were reported, though one camper was taken to seek medical care after he was experiencing chest pains during the incident, according to Gloucester Volunteer Fire and Rescue Squad Chief J.D. Clements.
The storm, which was verified by the National Weather Service in Wakefield as a microburst, uprooted a number of trees and snapped a number of others at the campground. The NWS reported that there was no evidence of a tornado either from the radar data or from looking at photos of damage from the incident.
Terry DuRose, Thousand Trails campground manager, said her staff quickly began going door to door to check on campers as soon as the storm had passed to make sure that everyone was okay. GVFRS volunteers then did their own assessment once they arrived to ensure there were no injuries.
According to DuRose, the campground lost power until about 1 a.m. Thursday, adding that she hoped all services at the campground would be up and running as business as usual very soon.