NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Transit systems across the New York City area suspended service Tuesday afternoon as Tropical Storm Isaias battered the Tri-State area.
Strong winds caused many trees and other debris to fall onto outdoor tracks throughout the state, prompting the MTA to halt all outdoor service.
The agency announced on Twitter that it would continue to run underground service until the winds died down.
Meanwhile, all service on the Long Island Rail Road was suspended due to high winds and hazardous conditions.
Metro-North continued to run some service, but suspended the Hudson, Harlem and New Haven lines due to the storm.
More information about MTA, LIRR and Metro-North service is available on MTA.com/info.
In New Jersey, over 700,000 people were without power and after two tornadoes reported touched down amid the state of emergency, New Jersey Transit also shut down temporarily.
NJ Transit said the service suspension was due to overhead wire and signal issues, but rail tickets and passes were being cross-honored by PATH.
Bus service remains in operation, but commuters should be warned that trees and other debris on the roads may cause some delays or route changes.
Gov. Phil Murphy cautioned residents to stay inside throughout the storm and urged residents not to drive unless absolutely necessary.
“According to the forecasters, this is a relatively fast-moving system and should be well on its way out of our neighborhood by later tonight and into tomorrow,” the governor said.
Winds as high as 75 mph were expected to continue for as long as Tropical Storm Isaias remained in the Tri-State are.
New Jersey’s state of emergency would remain in place throughout the storm.