WESTFIELD, NJ — Tree branches and downed wires littered the town’s streets on Tuesday afternoon, as Tropical Storm Isaias swept through the region.
Unleashing heavy rain and gusts of wind up to 73 mph, the storm left thousands of customers without power with several streets taped off, blocked by fallen trees, live wires, or both.
People who drove through the town’s streets crunched over and weaved through downed branches, while others stepped out of their homes to photograph the damage on their phones — some with masks on.
By 2 p.m. a live wire had fallen and was seen burning in front of the firehouse on Central Avenue. The fire was captured in a video that a resident posted to social media. Earlier in the day, a transformer had caught fire on South Avenue, fire officials said.
The blue and white lights of police cars and firetrucks illuminated streets, as public workers responded to downed trees, live wires, or small fires because of them.
Gov. Phil Murphy had declared a state of emergency — on top of the existing public health state emergency — and Westfield police advised residents to stay off roads.
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