WATCHUNG, NJ - Severe thunderstorms and wind gusts of up to 60 mph hit our area according to the National Weather Service. Power outages, downed trees and downed wires were reported on Sunday night. 

 

Johnston Drive is closed in the area of the 200 block due to a downed tree and wires on Monday morning, Watchung police said. Plan an alternate route.

 

Many in the area are without power after Sunday’s storm with restoration times from the power companies anticipated by Monday evening. Temperatures have dropped to 72 degrees at 7 a.m. Monday.

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Wires are down on Washington Valley Road, Chimney Rock Road, Mt. Horeb Road, Heritage Drive, US 22 near Thompson Drive, Reinman Road, and more. 

Do not touch downed wires.

 

The NWS advises urges the public not to wait for the sound of thunder before taking cover. 

A flash flood watch has been issued from Monday morning through Tuesday morning. 

"Showers and thunderstorms are forecast to bring periods of heavy rain to our region from Monday into Monday night," reads the alert. "Rainfall totals of 1 to 2 inches are expected to be common, with local amounts up to 3 to 4 inches possible." 

In the event you lose power, contact your local power provider and not Police Communications unless an emergency exists:

PSE&G: 800-286-9247

JCP&L: 800-285-0515

 

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