HAWTHORNE, NJ - Following the arrival of Tropical Storm Isaias, strong winds and rain battered Hawthorne.  The winds ravaged the borough so proud of its trees, with branches and in some cases whole trees collapsing during the storm.  Large segments of Hawthorne were without power and, as of the time of this writing, electricity has not yet been fully restored to all homes and businesses, although significant progress has been made thanks to the efforts of the linesmen and workers pulling long hours.

Power failures prompted a number of calls to the Hawthorne Municipal Building and Hawthorne Police Department, prompting a government response that residents should inquire with PSEG, as neither the police nor borough hall have ready information on when restorations will be complete.

The Hawthorne Fire Department released a statement, saying, "Since yesterday morning the Fire Department has responded to over 25 calls for service. Company 2 has responded to over 15 of those calls including mutual aid to Paterson, odor of gas, carbon monoxide alarm, and trees into homes. We know there are a lot of residents still without power. For those without power please be patient. For those using a generator please be smart with your use of it to prevent an emergency from happening. We hope everyone made it through today’s storm okay and we are always here to help if you need us."

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In Goffle Brook Park, the baseball facility was badly damaged by fallen trees and branches.  Homes had branches falling and residents on the roads reported a number of closures and detours due to collapsed arbors.

In his letter to the borough, Mayor Richard Goldberg said, "The large number of branches that came down and landed in my driveway and at my front door made it look like a tree farm exploded on my property!"

Valerie Maene told TAPinto Hawthorne, "Looks like we’ll need a new garage roof here," adding that they were unharmed but, "It's worse damage than we had with Sandy.  Glad it’s over."

At the intersection of Lafayette Avenue and Diamond Bridge Avenue, an SUV and a pickup truck collided at approximately 6:30 p.m.  Due to the power failure, the traffic light was blinking red and yellow, which drivers learn in their instructional courses means to stop and use caution respectively.

At a quarter after 12:00 noon in neighboring Prospect Park, Mayor Mohamed Khairullah warned residents outside.  "Do not stay in your vehicle, particularly under a tree. They are starting to snap." 

The Prospect Park Office of Emergency Management released a statement as clean up operations were underway.  "Prospect Park Office of Emergency Management Coordinator Rodriguez and Deputy Coordinator Reyes were in the Borough assisting The Prospect Park Police Department, Prospect Park Fire Department and Prospect Park DPW. We would like to thank the Mayor Mohamed T. Khairullah, Prospect Park Police Department, the Prospect Park Fire Department and the DPW crew. All coordinated and executed a great plan that helped keep the Borough residents safe."

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