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Power Returns to New Providence After Tornado

Most power was expected back late Monday night with the remaining outages restored Tuesday morning.

Downed tree at the Presbyterian Church at New Providence. Courtesy of Julie McCarthy. Send your photos to caitlin.mahon@patch.com and we'll post them on Patch.
Downed tree at the Presbyterian Church at New Providence. Courtesy of Julie McCarthy. Send your photos to caitlin.mahon@patch.com and we'll post them on Patch.
Editor's note: what damage have you seen and where? Send your information and photos to caitlin.mahon@patch.com and we'll post them on Patch!

New Providence sustained downed trees, downed power lines and power outages Monday due to a severe storm surge and a confirmed tornado that moved through New Providence Monday morning.

Power was restored to some areas of the borough, including the business district, according to a statement from the Borough of New Providence Monday evening.

“JCP&L has been assessing the damage and is currently working in New Providence,” according to the statement. “JCP&L reports that approximately 280 customers in New Providence remain without power. JCP&L expects that the majority of customers will be restored by midnight tonight, with the remaining customers restored early tomorrow. These are estimates by JCP&L based on the damage assessment they conducted throughout the day.”

The borough is reminding residents that generators must be operated outside the house, away from open doors and windows to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.

“When traveling around town, please be aware of low hanging wires and exercise caution where barricades or traffic cones are present,” according to the statement.

Rick Anderson July 01, 2013 at 01:11 PM
I just saw on News 12 NJ TV at about 1 p.m. that the National Weather Service will be sending a team to the Berkeley Heights area to inspect for possible tonadic activity after this mornings violent storm.
Mrs Lu July 01, 2013 at 02:31 PM
Our home is on Valley Road in Gillette. Around 9 AM, what appeared to be a tornado ripped through our property. Several large trees are down, including one that fell on a neighbor's house. Our backyard and patio also sustained significant damage. My children, dogs, and I took shelter in our basement when it hit, so unfortunately I didn't see much, but what little I did see and hear was pretty terrifying.
Caitlin Mahon July 01, 2013 at 03:03 PM
@ Mrs. Lu — I'm so sorry to hear about that! You are all very fortunate you weren't hurt. Please continue to update me on how you and your family are doing! @Rick Anderson — Thanks so much! I have News 12 NJ on now and did see that report. I also spoke with a National Weather Service meteorologist earlier this afternoon and he confirmed a team is being sent out to that area today, which I've included in this article. I will get the results of that survey out as soon as I can! @Readers — please feel free to send your observations and photos of the storm damage to caitlin.mahon@patch.com, and I will post them on Patch.
Mark July 01, 2013 at 04:01 PM
@ Mrs. Lu. I am so glad that you and your family are all ok. I reside in New Providence right around the corner from the Presbyterian Church shown above. I was watching some TV around 8:10 when an emergency prompt came on the screen stating that there was a tornado warning that was issued from 9:15-9:45 that ran from Plainfield NJ all the way to Essex County. The rain was coming down in sheets and was coming down sidewards. Winds were extremely high for several mins. but seemed more severe higher up than closer to the ground. Saw no rotation in the sky but never saw the rain come down the way it did. When it was over there were quite a number of limbs and big branches down in my complex. However, near the church and all the way to Berkeley Heights along Springfield Ave. there were a number of big trees that were either uprooted or snapped in half. Many wires were down. Police had several roads blocked and power crews were out all over the area. Saw a channel 4 news van enter the Berkeley Heights shopping center near Dunkin Doughnuts. Looked as if all businesses along Springfield Ave from New Providence to Berkeley Heights were without power. My power was restored around 2:30.

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