by Carolyne Volpe Curley / Carolyne@WestEssexNOW.com
UPDATED: Thursday, 9am
WEST ESSEX, NJ - This afternoon's thunderstorms hit West Essex particularly hard and many continue to remain without power.
Intense Flash floods, Lightning strikes, and pockets of Hail kept Fire and Police teams along with DPW crews throughout the area dealing with stranded drivers, burning live wires and continuous power outages.
The power started going out around 2:30pm this afternoon and as of 10pm, the following areas still remain without power:
Lightening Strike and Storm Damage:
Two readers shared photos from their experiences trying to navigate what should have been a short ride home from Willowbrook Mall. Wayne Police were helping drivers stuck inside their car, unable to drive.
Gas Line Struck by PSEG at Jefferson School, West Caldwell, Monday Morning; Students Evacuated to High School
WEST CALDWELL, NJ - Monday morning at about 10:08am, PSEG struck a gas line while doing repair work. The incident happened at 85 Prospect Street, West Caldwell, directly in front of Jefferson Elementary School. By 10:13am, both West Caldwell and Caldwell Fire Departments were at the scene and, by 10:26am West Essex First Aid Squad was called for standby .
At 11:10 am, the Caldwell-West Caldwell Superintendent James Heinegg determined it was best for the school to be evacuated. Jefferson Students walked to the nearby James Caldwell High School and parents were alerted they could pick them up at their convenience from the high school.
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