- by Carolyne Volpe Curley / Carolyne@WestEssexNOW.com
At 9:49pm, the National Weather Service put out an alert warning:
"This storm has a history of producing damaging winds.
Wind damage will occur with little if any rain or lightning.
Do not wait for the sound of thunder before taking cover. Seek shelter immediately inside a sturdy structure and stay away from windows."
Just as the first gusts of wind came through the area, a large branch fell on top of a car on Ravine Avenue.
The branch also pulled down a utility wire and West Caldwell Police closed the road for about three hours until Public Service Electric and Gas (PSEG) was able to make repairs. At no time did anyone in the neighborhood lose power.
The same wind gust also affected a power line on Passaic Avenue. The wire came down near the area of Fairfield Road and was attended to by West Caldwell Police and PSEG.
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Minutes later, North Caldwell Police responded to Hamilton Drive North where a utility wire had become loosened and was down in the road.
The wire was still awaiting PSEG's repair as of this afternoon.
A North Caldwell resident, Alyssa Cicala Cicalese, reported:
"My Gazebo just blew over. It's upside down."
About five minutes later, a large branch came down across Devon Road, blocking the roadway. Essex Fells Police were able to clear it off to the side.
Reports soon came in of a large tree branch which had fallen across Westville Avenue, blocking the road between Thomas and Prospect Streets.
No wires appeared to be affected and Caldwell Police removed the branch off to the side of the road.
It was unclear at what time they fell, but just before midnight, two large branches were reported to be blocking the roadway at the intersection of Dillon and Ellis Roads in West Caldwell.
Additionally, a home on Eagle Rock Avenue in Roseland had a front yard tree fall directly on to the top of their home last night.