More Than 7,000 Residents Without Power
PSE&G expects restoration to take days
River Edge and Oradell residents coped with widespread power outages Sunday as Hurricane Irene made its way up the Jersey Shore.
More than 5,000 River Edge residents and 2,000 Oradell residents were without power Sunday, among more than 390,000 PSE&G customers statewide who lost electricity.
The utility announced in a statement on its website that power restoration could take several days to a week. PSE&G said many of the outages were caused by falling trees and branches.
PSE&G also warned of possible gas outages caused by the heavy wind and rain.
In a 6:24 a.m. update, the National Weather Service warned that torrential rain and wind would continue Sunday morning, with thunderstorms and even tornadoes possible as the hurricane approached. The worst conditions are expected this afternoon, it said.
Expect 5 to 12 inches more rain, the National Weather Service said, before the deluge tapers off in the afternoon. Flooding, especially along the Hackensack River, is likely.