High winds causes delayed flights and derailed train in New Jersey

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    High winds causes delayed flights and derailed train in New Jersey
    High winds causes delayed flights and derailed train in New Jersey

    High winds pummeled the state Monday and brought down trees and utility poles that took a toll on trains, planes and automobiles.

    North Jersey Coast Line rail service was suspended around 11:40 a.m., between Red Bank and Matawan after a tree fell across the tracks near Middletown.

    Another fallen tree hit a northbound RiverLine light rail train that caused a slow speed derailment around 12:10 p.m., said Kate Thompson, an NJ Transit spokeswoman. No injuries were reported among the 40 passengers on board, she said. Service is suspended between Bordentown and Cass Street.

    High winds were blamed for delays over three hours for flights arriving at Newark airport. Departing delays ranged from 30 and 45 minutes, with a warning that they were increasing, according to the Federal Aviation Administration website. Travelers were advised to check the status of their flights.

    The conditions also forced the airport to suspend AirTrain monorail service and replace it with buses Monday morning.

    The highest wind gust in the region was 56 mph reported at Newark airport by the National Weather Service Mount Holly office. Forecasts called for gusts reaching 65 mph and the state was under a high wind advisory. Winds took down wires, cutting electricity to more than 48,000 customers.

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