Powerful Storm Knocks Out Power To 166,000 In NJ


stormA powerful rain storm blew across New Jersey on Shabbos, ripping the tops of buildings, causing widespread train service suspension and knocking out power to at least 166,000 utility customers.

Flood warnings were issued for several rivers in northern Jersey, including the Ramapo River at Mahwah and Saddle River at Lodi, where minor to moderate flooding was expected Saturday night and Sunday. Coastal flood and high wind warnings were in effect for the Jersey Shore.

At least 4 inches of rain had fallen in parts of Atlantic, Camden, Gloucester, and Middlesex counties as of 9 p.m. and an additional 1 to 2 inches was expected through early today. Rain began falling Friday night and combined with strong winds on Shabbos, with gusts reaching up to 70 mph.

Winds knocked down numerous trees and power lines, causing power outages across the state.

The hardest-hit area was southern Jersey, where Public Service Electric & Gas reported 130,000 customers without power, while Atlantic City Electric had about 36,000 customers in the dark.

Rail service was suspended on the Northeast Corridor, North Jersey Coast Line, Raritan Valley Line, Atlantic City Rail Line and the Morris and Essex line west of the Summit line.

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