WARREN, NJ – Restoration is underway in much of our area after a severe but short-lived thunderstorm late on Saturday afternoon.

The warning that was issued advised the public to expect damage to trees and power lines. What appeared to be hail pounded down as it hit houses and cars.  After the short-lived storm, police tape blocked off streets due to giant trees that had fallen.  Large limbs could be seen stuck in power lines. Thousands are without power and many areas are “still awaiting dispatch” at 10 p.m. according to the utilities.

”Residents residing on Hillcrest Blvd, Countryside Lane, Carriage Court, Cobblestone Court and Isabella Way can use the emergency across road from the Duderstadt Soccer Fields on Dubois Road to access the neighborhood,” Warren police said.

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The storm moved fast through Somerset, Morris and Union counties. The Weather Service warning advised that winds could reach 60 mph. 

“Frequent cloud to ground lightning is occurring with this storm. Move indoors immediately. Lightning is one of nature`s leading killers,” the Weather Service stated. “Remember, if you can hear thunder, you are close enough to be struck by lightning.”

The warning said to expect “torrential rainfall” that may lead to flash flooding. Forecasters advised the public not to drive through flooded roadways.

”Please avoid closed roads and follow posted signage,” Warren police said. “Do not approach any downed trees or wires! Contact your local utility to report power outages.”

Downed wires should be avoided; call PSE&G at 800-436-7734 (PSEG) to report fallen wires. Power outages can be reported on the utility company's website.

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