And on Wednesday in New Jersey, a 68-year-old man from River Vale, Bergen County, was killed when he came in contact with low wires while clearing storm debris from his lawn, the authorities announced.
New Jersey Governor Philip D. Murphy said on Wednesday the damage could have been worse if the storm had not moved so quickly through the area. “Like a knife in hot butter,” he told a local radio station.
Yet the extent of the damage was considerable, with fallen trees having taken a heavy toll on overhead power lines, which form an important part of the region’s power grid.
“We’ve had over 16,000 service requests for felled trees, which is, I think, the most we’ve ever had in the city,” said Deanne Criswell, Emergency Management Commissioner for New York. York, in an interview on Wednesday television. WPIX station.