UNION COUNTY — Widespread power outages are being reported this morning throughout Union County, with every municipality affected.
PSE&G reports that Elizabeth, Linden, Plainfield Rahway and Union Township each had more than 10,000 customers without power at 8 a.m. Cranford, Roselle, Scotch Plains and Westfield each had between 5,001 and 10,000 customers without electricity. Clark, Fanwood, Hillside, Kenilworth, Mountainside and Roselle Park each had between 2,001 and 5,000 customers awaiting restored service.
JCP&L reported that 7,937 customers in Summit and 6,939 customers in Springfield were without power.
County officials reported that flooding in the Tremley Point section of Linden had crested by 10:40 p.m. last night, leaving many homes under water.
There are numerous reports of trees fallen, and wires down. Transformers have exploded and many homes have experienced damage throughout the county. Debris–whether from trees or mandmade items–were strewn across some major roadways and many underpasses throughout were blocked off last night.
According to county officials, there was a report of a fire in Cranford which was handled, and evacuations in Elizabethport (Front Street), in addition to portions of Rahway, and Cranford which occurred earlier. At least 15 municipalities—and the County of Union–have declared states of emergency, with many enacting curfews. The county’s regional shelter remains open in Cranford, as well as three municipal shelters in Elizabeth.