Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Area Escapes 'Weather Bomb'

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Area Escapes 'Weather Bomb'

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The Northeast and New England took the brunt of the howling winds and heavy rain on Monday, leaving some 1 million customers powerless.

The whims of weather are hard to predict — and, apparently, analyze.

PSE&G spokeswoman Brooke Houston couldn't say the exact reason that North Jersey avoided the damage and power outages that plagued neighboring counties, but said there were three possibilities:

the amount of rain that fell

the direction of the wind that hit the area

the number of trees that fell

The severe storm caused power outages and street flooding across New Jersey and the Hudson Valley.

The Northeast and New England took the brunt of the howling winds and heavy rain on Monday, leaving some 1 million customers powerless along with travel delays and school cancellations.

In New Jersey, the heavy downpours that soaked the state and caused some street flooding on Sunday ended Monday. However, strong winds persisted through part of the day.

Passaic and Bergen counties saw 2 to 5 inches of rainfall Sunday, causing some localized flooding, said National Weather Service meteorologist David Wally. East Rutherford reported rainfall of at least 5 inches, but most of the tri-state area received up to 4 inches.

Minor flooding did occur in areas throughout northeastern New Jersey, but Wally said the National Weather Service did not receive reports of major flooding.

Several streams in the region saw bank overflow.

Wally said there were reports that a sinkhole opened up in Ramsey due to flooding, causing a basement to flood, and there were some downed tree limbs and power lines.

Several towns reporting flooding along major highways, including Route 80 near exit 62 in Elmwood Park.

A portion of Route 208 in Hawthorne was temporarily closed Sunday afternoon because of flooding.

A lieutenant with the Rutherford police reported an incident in the area of Routes 3 and 17 in which a male driver hit the curb, possibly due to slippery road conditions.

Officer Richard Carbone of the Kearny police confirmed that a driver became trapped in floodwater near Passaic and Johnston avenues after driving around a barricade where the road had already been closed due to flooding. …

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