Severe storm rips through Montclair area
The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch until 8 p.m. for five counties: Essex, Bergen, Hudson, Passaic and Union.
Deputy Chief Robert Duncan said that the Montclair Fire Department has responded to about 20 calls since the storm came through on reports of downed trees and power lines in Glen Ridge and Montclair.
Restoration times vary on the map from 4:45 p.m. to 12:45 a.m. The Township Manager has requested updates from Montclair’s PSE&G liaison, according to township officials.
Due to heavy storm damage, parking enforcement in lots and on streets is suspended this evening, according to township officials.
Ready.gov recommends the following during severe thunderstorms:
- Unplug electronic equipment.Power surges from lightning can damage computers, monitors and TVs, and cause sparks that might start a fire.
- Bring in outdoor furniture and other items that could blow away.These may become a hazard.During the storm, stay inside a building or car that’s not a convertible. Rubber tires won’t protect you from lightning so avoid touching metal inside the car.Close windows, shutters, blinds, shades, and curtains. This will help keep out wind, rain and broken glass.
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