Outages reported across Bergen, Athena taking a toll

Areas of Bergen County stretching from one end to the other were forced into the Electric Slide, with power blackouts and hours-long outages, as a much smaller but still potent storm whacked North Jersey. Some have had the juice return after outages that began just after noon. Others were still literally in the dark.

Photo Credit: above, from Point Pleasant
Photo Credit: above, from Point Pleasant

“PSEG says transformer outage, power by Friday 11:59 p.m.,” said an exasperated Leslie Schur Gottlieb of Little Ferry.

Snow bunny (above) and “Jersey Strong” photo courtesy Bob Weatherman Burger

“Just drove down Route 46 from Palpark to Teterboro and there were areas without power,” another reader told CLIFFVIEW PILOT just after 6 o’clock. “Route 17 South was the same way.”

“We have lost cable again, including phone, Internet, TV service and the lights are flickering,” Lori J. Denicola Zen of Hillsdale told CLIFFVIEW PILOT this afternoon. “Friends in the Tandy Allen section of town have lost power.

“We had no cable since last Monday. Just got it back last night! This is not fun anymore.”

PSE&G reported an increase of nearly 3,500 outages, to 28,400, in Bergen after bringing the figure down the past few days. That number apparently has risen in recent hours.

The good news of the storm should have been the lack of high winds. Then again, that — combined with temperatures that aren’t dipping below 30 — are what’s responsible for snow that’s expected to continue through at least 10 o’clock, says Bob Weatherman Burger. The snow is wet and clingy, which means downed power lines and tree limbs, he said (Burger supplied the photo, above, from Point Pleasant).

Hillsdale has no power on Hillsdale Ave from Patterson Street to Central Avenue,” George DeGiovanni reported at 5:20 tonight. “Road blocks in place.”

Fort Lee residents said power began going down around 1 o’clock this afternoon on the north side of town after a transformer blew on Myrtle Avenue. It quickly spread to the south side, they said. Parts of Leonia cut out just after 2:30.

Meanwhile, Edgewater had a temporary outage while workers tended to a downed pole. Guttenberg momentarily went down.

Demarest and Dumont reported  outages, along with areas of Hackensack, South Hackensack, Carlstadt and the Pascack Valley — besides Hillsdale, areas of Washington Township, Westwood and Woodcliff Lake lost power, as did Ho-Ho-Kus and River Edge.

The Westwood Regional School District sent alerts to parents that power was on and off. Dismissal times didn’t change, but after-school programs were cancelled.

Haymee Cancio Medina’s husband had to pick up workers from two of his job sites — one in North Haledon around 1:30 and the other at 2 in Maywood (where reports began coming in at 1).

Parts of North Bergen lost power, including at both the high school and Horace Mann Elementary School, among other sites.

Some sections of those towns were still up.

But East Rutherford‘s Becton Regional High School was out. Parts of Little Ferry, like some of the other towns, went out around 1, as did areas of South Hackensack, Cardsltadt and Wood-Ridge.

Wallington reportedly went down around 2:30.

In at least a few cases, a transformer was at fault — possibly when power was restored to them.

Others have returned to full power: Hasbrouck Heights was out from noon until 2 p.m., Scott Sproviero told CLIFFVIEW PILOT.

Ridgewood was out from 1:45 p.m. to 3 p.m.,” Teresa Keel reported. “The middle school lost power too.”

Saddle Brook was down for a few hours, Teaneck Police Sgt. Phillip Lavigne reported.

CLIFFVIEW PILOT has also received outage reports from:

  • The Strawberry building, across from the airport in Teterboro;
  •  Stop & Shop in Wyckoff before 3;
  • Travell Elementary School in Ridgewood, where power was cut at 2;
  • Parts of Englewood at 2:30;

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