WEST CALDWELL, NJ — Western Essex County emerged from under a Tropical Storm Warning Tuesday afternoon as Tropical Storm Isaias pulled out of the area and skies cleared, leaving downed trees and wires in its wake.
“Please help us by remaining at home!” West Caldwell police urged on the department’s Facebook page Tuesday afternoon. “ We have wires down all over town, many of which we have not discovered yet. We are aware of many power outages in the area. Please be very cautious. The rain may have stopped but more wind is expected.”
West Caldwell police reported a wire down in Clinton Road behind the Essex Mall, closing that artery down while the area is cleaned up.
Roseland police posted a similar message on that department’s Facebook page at 2:30 Tuesday: “There are wires and trees down everywhere and some parts of town are not accessible right now! Please, stay home and stay safe!”
At its peak, the storm carried wind gusts upwards of 50 mph in some areas, as well as pockets of torrential rain. Skies began to clear after 2 p.m.
Caldwell police posted these reminders on the department’s Facebook page:
Reminders for Residents:
• Keep all devices charged in case of a power outage
• Make sure there is nothing in your lawn that could possibly fly away
• Stay away from any fallen power
• Please be sure to check on your neighbors
• Please report any power outages to PSE&G