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AFTERMATH: Thunderous Storm KOs Power To Thousands In Bergen

Outside Liberty Travel on Route 4. Photo Credit: Douglas Lee for DAILY VOICE
Burning wires fell into this tree in Hackensack, closing Summit Avenue from Berry to Passaic streets. Photo Credit: Cecilia Levine
Across from Liberty Travel on Route 4. Photo Credit: Sonia Raquel

A severe thunderstorm knocked out power Tuesday afternoon to nearly 5,000 customers throughout Bergen County, while igniting tree, utility pole and house fires, downing wires and darkening traffic lights.

PSE&G reported those who lost power included:

  • More than 2,100 customers in Hackensack;
  • Nearly 1,000 customers each in Fair Lawn, Ho-Ho-Kus and Oradell;
  • 900 or so customers in Westwood;
  • Dozens of others scattered throughout northeast Bergen;
  • Nearly 1,000 customers in Clifton and Paterson combined.

Flash flooding plagued motorists on several roadways in both Bergen and Passaic counties.


ALSO SEE: Three dogs were rescued and no serious injuries were immediately reported after lightning struck a Ridgewood home, igniting an attic fire Tuesday afternoon.


Lightning struck a utility pole outside Liberty Travel on eastbound Route 4 in River Edge. Wires fell and caught fire, keeping people inside the store.

River Edge and Hackensack firefighters who earlier had been at the scene of a facade collapse on Kinderkamarck Road responded.

A four-vehicle collision on the southbound Garden State Parkway in Woodcliff Lake caused a massive traffic jam.


  • Utility wires were downed near the Exxon station and Outback restaurant on northbound Route 17 in Rochelle Park;
  • Downed wires closed Oradell Avenue in the 800 block;
  • Fire was reported in the woods off Prospect Avenue in Waldwick.


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