Strong winds make for hectic day for utility crews across New Jersey

A very windy Monday made for a busy day for utility crews across the Garden State.

Strong winds that reached over 40 mph knocked down trees and power lines. The conditions were so bad that the National Weather Service issued a wind advisory that lasted through the afternoon.

A 70-foot-tall tree fell across West Second Avenue in Roselle Monday evening, crushing a car, damaging two others and a home.

PSEG crews had to cut power to about 28 homes while fallen power lines were cleared.

Another large tree fell onto a house on Saddle River Road in Saddle Brook around 1 p.m. One of the homeowners was home at the time, but was not hurt. The tree badly damaged the second floor of the home, and the residents will have to stay on the first floor while repairs are made.

A second large tree on the property also looked likely to fall. Crews are expected to be out Tuesday to inspect the tree to see if it will need to be cut down.

In Saddle River, a fallen tree brought live wires down to the street, closing Deerfield Lane for hours. A similar situation in Midland Park forced a shutdown of Hillside Avenue and left many powerless for hours.

The wind caused service on New Jersey Transit's Morris and Essex line to be temporarily shut down after a tree fell onto the overhead wires.

There were also reports of trees down in Middlesex, Monmouth and Ocean counties.

Residents have told News 12 New Jersey that the winds were strong enough to knock over heavy lawn furniture and other decorations.

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