Powerful Storms Rattle Teaneck
Tree hits house, up to 2,000 go dark in town.
Teaneck was hit with widespread power outages and scattered damage brought on by a string of thunderstorms that swept through the region Tuesday.
Up to 2,000 customers in Teaneck lost power at the storms peak and small pockets of the town remained in the dark hours after later, officials said. Downed wires forced police to close a section of Queen Anne Road and block the ramp to Route 4 west from Teaneck Road.
Damage was mostly limited to fallen limbs and downed wires and no major roadways remained closed early Wednesday. A large area of Teaneck Road, near State Street, was in the dark during the storm.
While power was largely restored by midnight, the Public Service Electric and Gas customer service Twitter feed reported some local outages might not be restored until Wednesday morning. Up to 500 customers were still without electricity late Tuesday night, according to the utility’s outage map.
Karen Johnson, a company spokeswoman, could not provide town-specific outage information.
Teaneck firefighters responded to a series of calls, including burning wires and a tree that fell onto a house on Griggs Avenue, said Fire Department Battalion Chief Joseph Berchtold.
No one was seriously hurt in the powerful storm, but a Washington Place resident was taken to an area hospital for injuries from a fall. The resident was leaving the house after power lines caught fire outside.
Bergen County was under a tornado watch until late Tuesday, no funnel clouds were reported in the area.
Despite the blast of nasty weather, forecasts call for mostly clear and sunny skies through the rest of the week.
First published 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. Last updated 12:30 a.m. Wednesday