NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - The storm that ripped through Union and Essex counties between 9 and 10 a.m. Monday morning left trees and limbs down across New Providence and caused a gas leak as the result of a rupture in a line. The National Weather Service is sending a team to Berkeley Heights to assess whether a small tornado may have touched down in the township.
According to New Providence Borough Administrator Douglas R. Marvin, the storm which brought heavy rain and high winds brought down several large trees across the westbound lane of Springfield Avenue near Central Avenue. There also are trees resting against railroad power lines near the Crestview Swim Club, causing a temporary suspension of rail service.
An uprooted tree at 90 Pearl St. ruptured a gas line, causing a gas leak in that area. Union Avenue was blocked with fallen limbs and branches, some of which are too heavy to move.
The New Providence Department of Public Works is "working to clear the roadways with the police and fire department out in full-force," Marvin said. "No injuries have been reported at this time.
Union County was under a tornado warning from the National Weather Service between 9:15 and 9:45 a.m. Monday morning. Although the storm produced only heavy rain and very negligible wind as nearby as Fanwood, just six miles from New Providence, winds with the storm were much heavier in northern Union County and adjacent parts of Essex County near Maplewood.
"This morning at 9:17 a.m. New Providence experienced a significant storm surge that caused several power outages with numerous trees uprooted and wires down across a significant portion of our town. At this time JCP&L has several trucks out in our area and our road department are removing limbs and debris as the wires are powered down," said Deputy Police Chief Scott Torre.
Central Avenue is closed at the river due to a large tree down on the Chatham side.
Passaic Street is closed from Elkwood Avenue to Walton Avenue.
Division Avenue is closed at #102 due to downed tree with live wires.
If you have any issues regarding wires down, notify the police desk at (908) 665-1111.