SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Strong winds felled a mature tree in the Newstead neighborhood this morning, landing on and damaging a landscaper's pickup truck. 

The wind's force caused the top of the Crest Drive tree pull away from the trunk, leaving the trunk standing; the limbs took power lines down with them, which then pulled over the post on top of the branches and the truck. The South Orange Fire Department and PSE&G were called to the scene. It is unknown how many homes in the neighborhood are currently out of power or how long the outage will last.

The tree fell about an hour after PSE&G had sent out an email to customers warning of dangerous conditions. The company's advice is as follows:

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The unpredictable nature of spring weather continues with strong winds forecasted for today into tomorrow morning. Powerful wind gusts may cause tree limbs to break and pull down wires, causing outages.

PSE&G is prepared to respond safely and as quickly as possible to restore power if outages occur. We also encourage you to prepare for these conditions and contact us immediately if you experience a power outage. Learn how you can stay connected through our many options detailed below.

Be prepared:

  • Charge your phones, tablets, power backups and other mobile devices.
  • If your mobile service provides a “hotspot” for areas without internet access, learn how to use it.
  • Review our storm preparation tips.

Be safe:

  • Stay away from downed wires. Downed wires should always be considered live. Stay at least 30 feet away from downed power lines and immediately call PSE&G at 1-800-436-PSEG (7734) or 911 to report downed wires. 
  • To prevent carbon monoxide poisoning, do not run any gasoline-powered generators in a garage or other enclosed space. 
  • If you (or a member of your household) rely on electricity to operate life-sustaining equipment, please notify PSE&G. To learn more, visit pseg.com/life or call 1-800-436-PSEG (7734).

 

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