Sand Road, Fairfield, Transformer
Thursday evening's events began about 7:02pm when the Fairfield Fire Department and Police responded to Sand Road where lightning had struck a transformer and caused it to leak out fluid and live wires were hanging over the road. Accordingly, police shut down the road at Liberty Court while officers awaited PSEG's arrival.
Mutual Aid Provided to Fire at Central Avenue, Montclair
Mutual aid was requested into the town of Montclair, after lightning struck the Summit Medical Group house at 141 Central Avenue around 7:10pm, causing a large working fire. Bloomfield and the Oranges sent fire crews and the Caldwell Fire Department and Verona Fire Department provided fire house coverage. In addition, Verona Rescue Squad was at the scene.
North Caldwell Power Surge
At 7:57pm, North Caldwell experienced a power surge in the vicinity of Grandview Avenue, Main Street and Lindsley Road; power was restored by 8:02pm.
North Caldwell's Lynn Borbotti-Gencarelli reported that at one point during the storm, a tree near to her home was struck by lightning and it shattered her home's windows and a door.
Flooding Temporarily Closes Passaic Avenue, West Caldwell
By 8:25pm, there was extreme flooding in the Shop Rite parking lot as well as in the area in front of the store on Passaic Avenue.
Erin Kellett-Ruoff, who lives on Kirkpatrick Lane, commented,
West Caldwell Police reported that, at that location, the road was impassable and cars were stuck in the parking lot. Soon after they closed the road at Bloomfield and Passaic until the flooding subsided around 9:44pm.
Dianne Iannuzzi Salandra, of West Caldwell, stated,
At around the same time, 8:28pm, North Caldwell Police reported that, due to the excess water, manhole covers were lifting up in the vicinity of East Greenbrook and Central Avenues.
Roseland Avenue, Caldwell, Closed Due to Flooding
At 8:31pm, the Caldwell Police Department closed down a section of Roseland Avenue after they reported that the road was completely flooded near the area of Parkside Gardens and Peelers Auto Repair.
A Caldwell resident commented, "A family friend had tried to get down
Downed Wire on Passaic Avenue, West Caldwell, Cut Power to Surrounding Neighborhoods
After the storm knocked down wires at 8:35pm near 267 Passaic Avenue, West Caldwell, the surrounding neighborhoods including Terrace Place, Knoll Terrace, Dillon Road and Ellis Road lost power for a period of time.
At 9:31pm, Roseland Green on Pacio Court and Hyer Farm Road experienced a power outage as well. All power was restored by 9:57pm.
Route 46 East, Little Falls, Closed Due to Flooding
By 9:30pm, Little Falls Police temporarily shut down Route 46 East, near Browertown Road, after flooding made the road impassable.
The storms are expected to continue Friday during the day. See West Essex Now's article: Flash Flood Watch and Thunderstorms Friday; West Essex Area Weather for July 4