On August 4th, Tropical Storm Isaias passed through New York City and Staten Island, causing many downed branches and fallen trees, leading many to be left without power.
Parts of Staten Island, including areas in West Brighton, St. George, Dongan Hills, Midland Beach, Port Richmond, New Dorp, Great Kills, and others have been left without power. Viewing the map, there were very few areas of Staten Island that were spared, as the sustained and gusting winds blew branches and even whole trees, many of which were thrown directly into power lines.
The strong winds made Clove Lakes Park look like a tornado had hit there, and considering how many tornadoes the storm created, that is quite possible. Trees were downed all over the park, making some of the smaller side trails completely impassable, while others required you to step carefully over branches.
In New York City and New Jersey, several people were killed as a result of the storm, due to trees falling on their cars, swimming in the ocean while the storm was passing through, and being outside in the storm cleaning up the damage before the storm had passed through.
On Wednesday, cleanup crews were working to make Clove Lakes park passable and beautiful once more. Many trees had branches partially ripped off, and the crew needed to fully remove them so that they would not fall on passersby. On the main trail, they were cleaning up all of the debris and fallen branches, feeding them into a specialized garbage truck.
In New Jersey and New York City, many trees were downed, leading to entire areas being without power. Parts of Princeton, Freehold, and other areas had road closures, with electric crews repairing downed wires.
According to Con Edison’s current outage map, there are still 6,600 outages in New York City, with over 115,000 customers currently without power. Cleanup crews are still working throughout the boroughs where outages occurred to repair the damaged power lines, and get everyone up and running again.
The governor of New York has announced an investigation of the storm preparedness of Con Edison and other utilities, since residents have been informed that it will be several days before power is restored.
Tropical Storm Isaias started as a tropical wave off the coast of Africa, that organized into a tropical storm near the Dominican Republic, where it made its first landfall and did not weaken in intensity as had been expected by meteorologists. It next made landfall in the Bahamas, before which it became a Category 1 Hurricane, with a peak intensity of 85 mph. After reaching the Bahamas, it caused many of the residents to be evacuated, due to the fact that there were still temporary structures that many were living in due to the damage caused by Hurricane Dorian in 2019. Covid-19 lockdown restrictions were also lifted, so that residents could freely travel to safer locations.
Once it left the Bahamas on August 1st, it went along the coast of Florida and Georgia, re-intensifying into a Category 1 Hurricane before hitting North Carolina on August 4th. This storm was unique and record-setting, in that it was the earliest ninth named storm of the year on record, breaking the record set by Hurricane Irene back in 2005 by eight days.
After making its landfall in North Carolina, its intensity did in fact weaken, and it continued along the coast of the Eastern United States, passing through Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. It reached New York City and New Jersey on the evening of August 3rd into August 4th. In New Jersey, multiple tornadoes were reported to have touched down in areas including Upper Township in South Jersey and in Barnegat Township.
UPDATE: As of today, there are only 2,910 outages and almost 27,000 customers without service in New York City. This is a massive improvement from last week, and is due to electric company employees from out of state coming to help repair the power lines over the weekend.