HOBOKEN and JERSEY CITY, NJ - While Hoboken and Jersey City prepared for flooding, the winds appear to have done the most damage locally as Tropical Storm Isaias whipped into the region Tuesday.

Heaviest rains stayed off to the west, but bands of precipitation driven by punishing winds hit Hudson County hard. Trees are reportedly down in a number of locations throughout the area, while sporadic power outages have been reported in Jersey City.

Peak sustained winds in Jersey City have been reported at 59 mph. Video footage in Jersey City showed large pieces of plywood flying off construction sites. In Hoboken, parks took a beating citywide with trees down in most locations. A tree reportedly hit O'Nieal's Restaurant near Church Square Park, where responders are currently on the scene.

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"With winds still howling & wires and trees coming down, home is the safest place to be," said Hoboken Police Chief Ken Ferrante. "Police officers, fire fighters, OEM staffs, EMS services & PSEG are out there keeping us safe!"

The region remains under a tornado watch until 4:00 p.m. Residents are advised to stay inside for the immediate future, as unsettled weather patterns still continue throughout the region. Travel restrictions are currently in place until 8:00 a.m. Wednesday. From 5:00 p.m. Tuesday until 5:00 a.m. Wednesday, a strict roadway ban will be in place—only first responders and essential workers will be allowed on the roads during these times.

We'll have more on this story as it continues to develop.

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