WEST ESSEX, NJ - There were no signs of rain, but heavy wind gusts came through the West Essex area Tuesday evening with enough force to cause trees to uproot, large branches to fall and utility wires to come undone.
At 9:49pm, the National Weather Service put out an alert warning:
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:
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.
By Wednesday morning, more reports of wind damage came into West Essex NOW, including a tree down on Cliff Street in Verona which caused live wires falling into the roadway and power shut off to the neighborhood. The tree needed to be cut back from the wires and removed before the power can be restored.
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.