Isaias hits Bayonne

The city faced downed trees and power lines, power outages, and flooding

Trees downed in front of Marist High School.
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Trees downed in front of Marist High School.

Tropical Storm Isaias battered New Jersey throughout the day on August 4. While Isaias came and went relatively quickly, the effects in Bayonne and Hudson County may last longer.

Isaias was a hurricane when it made landfall in South Carolina, but it was downgraded to a tropical storm before making landfall in the New Jersey area around midday.

A Tropical Storm Warning, Tornado Watch and a Coastal Flood Watch were in effect for all of Hudson County during the day, according to the National Weather Service New York station.

Bayonne is now cleaning up the mess.

The aftermath

The Office of Emergency Management updated the community on August 5.

Strong winds, heavy rain, and lighting strikes battered the city. OEM said that Hudson County recorded a wind gust of 71 mph at the Harrison Weather Station.

Trees and wires were downed, with flooding in low-lying areas and power outages. According to Gov. Phil Murphy, it may take days for power to be restored.

Resident without power should contact PSE&G. Residents without phone, internet, or TV should contact their service providers. It’s likely a service wire has come down, according to OEM.

OEM said some streets and sidewalks will remain closed.

Stephen Gregg Park will be closed on August 5 so workers can clean up.

The 16th Street Pool will be closed until further notice as crews work to repair a mechanical problem.

Emergency services respond

Mayor Jimmy Davis was with emergency services throughout the day Aug. 4.

“I spent the day riding around the city as Tropical Storm Isaias hit us with heavy winds,” Davis said. “Hundreds of calls were handled today. Downed trees, wires, limbs, and various hazardous conditions were reported throughout the city.”

Prior to the Isaias’s landfall in New Jersey, Davis met with representatives of several municipal departments, including the Police Department, Fire Department, and Emergency Medical Services (EMS).

The emergency services reported that it was fully staffed, with vehicles, and emergency generators. The Fire Department had two boats available. The Public Works Department personnel, vehicles, barricades, and tools were at the ready.

“I want to take a moment to thank the men and women who worked incredibly hard today, under difficult conditions,” Davis said. “The Public Safety Communications Bureau, the Department of Public Works, the Building Department, Bayonne Fire and Bayonne Police. These men and women worked extremely hard all day for the safety of our residents, and I want to express my thanks and say great job by all!”

OEM also gave a shoutout to the Department of Public Works.

“They put in many hours of prep work prior to the storm, and crews have been working nonstop to clear roads and sidewalks,” OEM said. “Also the dispatchers in the radio room did tremendous work today as they handled the incredible high volume of calls … and dispatched first responders to all the calls! We want to echo the Mayor’s thank you to everyone who worked so hard to keep us safe!”

For updates, residents should follow OEM social media on Facebook and Twitter.

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