ROSELLE, NJ - The late afternoon storm that traveled across Central NJ slammed into Roselle on Monday, causing downed trees and power lines all over the borough. Hundreds were without power going into the evening hours.

According to Union County First Alert, the storm has knocked out power to 11,752 PSE&G customers in Union County. The majority of customers are in Linden (1,845), Roselle (2,936) and Westfield (2,750). Estimated time of restoration for all by PSE&G is for tomorrow morning. Crews will first work on restoring critical zones that include hospitals, fire and police. Residents can call in an outage or downed line to PSE&G at 1-800-436-7734. Residents with special needs or requiring shelter should call their local police departments to make any arrangements.

Lightning was possibly the cause of a house fire on the 500 block of West 5th Ave. “The resident said they saw lightning hit the tree and the power line and it shot right into the house,” said Roselle Battalion Chief Robert Pulidore. “The 2nd floor was completely gutted, they can’t live there.”

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Pulidore also said the storm was the cause of the traffic signal not working at the corner of East 1st Ave at the Walnut Street bridge that crosses over into Roselle Park. 

Mayor Christine Dansereau was touring the area assessing the damage after the storm. “I was happy to see PSE&G respond so quickly,” said the Mayor. “They are working to restore power to everyone as quick as possible. Our DPW staff is out and cleaning up the downed trees. Everyone is doing a fantastic job.”

Warinanco Park had a few downed trees, the largest tree was located near the splash park on the water side of the park. That area is a hot bed of activity recently due to the Pokemon Go craze. Luckily no injuries were reported at that site.