Downed trees, power outages plague Hudson County as Isaias passes through


While flooding issues appear to be well in hand at the moment, downed trees and power outages are the most common issues in Hudson County as a result of Tropical Storm Isaias.

“At this point there are no flooding reports in the city with approx 2 inches of rainfall. The biggest issue is downed trees city wide many of which have utility wires attached PSEG response is slow due to call volume but we are working closely with them,” Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop tweeted.

“We have sporadic power outages throughout the city all or which have been reported to PSEG at this point. OEM/forestry and sanitation crews are assisting in removing trees and limbs not impacted by utility wires. Finally, a second round of high winds are expected between 6 -7 pm.”

As shown in the video embedded above, down trees and large branches, with some touching electrical wires, are fairly common in Jersey City in Hoboken.

Yesterday, officials from both cities cautioned drivers to stay off the roads unless it was for essential travel.

Minutes ago, Hoboken Police Chief Kenneth Ferrante said that although the storm appears to be passing, downed trees and electrical wires remain a concern and a significant portion of the evening will likely be spent on clean up.

Downed trees and wires in the Mile Square City can be reported to the police department, who can be reached at 201-420-2100, and/or the fire department – whose main phone number is 201-420-2004.

Additionally, Gov. Phil Murphy (D) just indicated that 1.3 million power outages have been reported statewide.

While PSEG has provided a website where customers can report outages, that site has been down for the majority of the afternoon thus far. Instead they can reached on Twitter @PSEGNews and have been responsive throughout the day.

They can also be reached at 1-800-436-7734.

Residents of the Bergen-Lafayette section of Jersey City, as well as near Lincoln High School, along with portions of Bayonne, North Bergen, Secaucus, Union City, Weehawken, and West New York, have reported hours-long power outages.

Other areas such as the Jersey City Heights and Hoboken have fared better, being subjected only to rolling brown outs as a result of the severe weather.