MORRISTOWN — After a storm swept through the state Monday, knocking over trees and downing power lines, most customers’ power connections have been restored, the major electricity companies are reporting this morning.
About 500 customers remain without power in Morris County as of 9 a.m., according to JCP&L. But only scattered outages remain in the rest of the company’s 12 other counties – and PSE&G is reporting only scattered connections lost in its seven counties.
However, Elmwood Park’s public schools are all closed today, because of power outages at the middle and high schools, the district said in a statement on its website.
At one point on Monday evening, some 10,000 total outages were reported by the two power companies. The storm brought 60 mph wind gusts and heavy rains in some parts of the Garden State. A tornado watch had been issued by the National Weather Service for parts of the state. Though no twisters were reported touching down, a funnel cloud was reported in the sky in the area of the Lakeview section of Paterson, said David Stark, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service's office in Upton, N.Y. The funnel cloud was seen at 3:15 p.m. in the area of Trenton Avenue and Michigan Avenue.
Most of the damages reported across the state, however, were from "straight-line wind damage" in the state, Stark added. In Bergenfield, a woman and her daughter were hospitalized after being hit by a falling tree limb.