WEST ORANGE, NJ — (updated 8:30 p.m.) Tropical Storm Isaias took the measure of West Orange Tuesday, uprooting trees and knocking out power to large areas of the township.
The storm, which carried with it wind gusts in excess of 50 mph on a day when the area was under a tornado watch, felled more than 40 trees, according to West Orange police.
In a post on the department’s Facebook page at 3:40 p.m. Tuesday, West Orange police reported:
“As of this posting, the township has a majority of neighborhoods experiencing power loss. We have received 44 reports of trees fallen, 43 separate reports of wires down, reports of possible fires, multiple homes struck by trees, and seven main roads currently closed or blocked off. PLEASE STAY OFF THE ROADS if possible. If you are somewhere safe, please stay put until our township workers and PSE&G can solve these issues.”
As of early Tuesday afternoon, road closures included:
Northfield Ave. and Gregory Ave.
Walker Road between Harvard and Yale.
Pleasant Valley Way northbound at Woodland.
Portions of South Valley Road
Prospect Ave. near Eagle Rock Ave
Rock Spring Ave.
Pleasant Valley Way near Greenwood
Lorelie and Carolina
"Tropical Storm Isaias was not here as long as we expected but it left a lot of damage," West Orange Mayor Robert Parisi said on his Facebook page Tuesday evening. "Many residents are still without power and complete restoration may take awhile. Power outages are affecting millions of residents in the region and utility companies are addressing as quickly as possible, with full crews expecting to work around the clock until power is restored...though frustrating, everyone needs to be patient."
Parisi added that Commuter Jitney riders should look for updates but routine, COVID-19 altered, service is expected Wednesday.