NJ’s strong winds knock out power for thousands
TRENTON — The howling winds across New Jersey have brought down trees, power lines, and in one instance, roofing off a former school.
Townsquare New Jersey Chief Meteorologist Dan Zarrow said winds will blow at 20 to 30 mph on Monday, with gusts between 40 and 60 mph all day.
"This is a westerly wind, so driving on north-south highways might be a challenge, especially if you're in a 'high-profile vehicle' like a van or truck. Watch out for runaway garbage cans, trash, fallen branches, and trees. Scattered power outages are likely too," Zarrow said.
As of 9:20 a.m., there were over 12,000 without power across New Jersey, including:
- 9,137 JCP&L customers (mostly in Hunterdon, Morris and Sussex counties)
- 2,583 PSE&G customers
- 511 Atlantic City Electric customers
Debris was blown off the roof of the closed Holy Cross School in Harrison early Monday morning, according to photos posted by RLS Metro Breaking News. Some debris wound up in a soccer field across the street, according to the report.
The winds blew two trees onto the Garden State Parkway on Sunday night, northbound past the Asbury toll plaza and southbound near the Colonia service area in Woodbridge, according to National Weather Service observations, along with several downed trees in Sussex and Warren counties.