High Winds, Falling Debris Force Manhattan Street Closures

Streets have also been closed in Jersey City

By Erica Butler
|  Monday, Jan 25, 2010  |  Updated 11:49 PM EDT
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Special Weather Report: Wet Windy Monday

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Strong winds have sent debris flying off high-rise buildings on both sides of the Hudson, forcing street closures  in Lower Manhattan and Jersey City.  The wild weather, with wind gusts reaching as high as 50 mph,  has also caused airport and commuter rail delays and power outages throughout the region.

Multiple streets near City Hall Park in Manhattan have been closed due to the falling debris at 8 Spruce Street. The New York City Office of Emergency Management said some "relatively small" debris had fallen off a 72-story building under construction.

The area within Chambers Street,  Center and Gold Streets, Ann Street and Church Street is closed to cars and pedestrians.  There have been no reports of injuries thus far.

Police and emergency management officials have also been called with reports of trees and utility poles down in both Bergen and Monmouth counties. Police say no one has been hurt.

There are 15 to 20 minute delays in both directions between North White Plains and Wassaic due to trees fouling the tracks near Hawthorne.  Delays are also reported at Newark, JFK and LaGuardia airports.

Jersey Central Power and Light said it had 13,000 customers without power at mid-morning Monday in central and northwest Jersey.  By mid-afternoon, fewer than half that number were still without electricity.

Pace University has canceled classes at its downtown Manhattan campus.

The National Weather Service says south winds of 20 to 30 mph could pack gusts up to 50 mph. Sustained wind speeds of at least 30 mph are expected through  6 p.m., according tot he Weather Service.

Forecasters have canceled a coastal flood advisory. However, they issued a urban and small stream flood advisory for parts of the Garden State. The National Weather Service says the rain may be heavy enough to cause nuisance flooding in poor drainage and low-lying areas.

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