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UPDATE: Live Coverage of Hurricane Irene Aftermath

Here's where you'll find all your Hurricane Irene updates in a live blogging format and how it affects Union County.

Hurricane Irene has hit and now we are dealing with flooding, power outages and concerns for our friends and family.

If you can't see our live blog, please go to http://www.coveritlive.com/ and keep up with Patch updates there (or download the coveritlive app.)

So we want to know: What are you doing now? What have you learned? Have any photos of flooding and damage in your area? Send them to Patch or provide us with updates on power outages, downed trees and power lines and we will be sure to share the information with your neighbors.

Join us in the live chat above, as we track the storm all weekend.

(Note: Our system requires us to OK comments from users, so if you don't see your comment show up immediately, we may have stepped away briefly; if so, we'll get your comment up just as soon as we return).

We're also bringing in Twitter feeds from Patch sites and valuable resources for NJ and Union County area residents.

You can help us serve the community by letting us know what you're seeing and hearing—even the simplest details can help keep a neighbor safe or prepared.

As far as we're concerned, the most important contribution to the conversation is yours.

Stay safe!

Matt M. August 28, 2011 at 06:45 PM
SP Resident - the street is free of water, but a tree just came down (split in half) about an hour or so ago, when we had the wind gusts. I just posted a photo on this page of the tree. As far as garages go, no one seems like they're having flood issues, though I couldn't fully tell from my vantage point.
Liz Mitchell Worthington August 28, 2011 at 06:59 PM
Thanks for all your updates, Matt! Truly a great help to our neighbors.
Lynn Silver August 28, 2011 at 07:11 PM
Sorry if this is a repost: I’m out of town for the weekend. Does anyone know if the power is on or off at Springfield Park Place condos [955 South Springfield Ave.]. JCPL customer – so I can’t seem to find out any specifics online.
pamela kevelson August 28, 2011 at 07:17 PM
5 minutes after I wrote that Stanley Oval had power, our power went out and has stayed out.
Richard Brautigam August 28, 2011 at 07:34 PM
Power has been out on the North side near Mountain Avenue since 1 PM Sunday morning. It just came on again around 3PM. Lots of basement flooding, major flooding along the river in Cranford. MSNBC has done a great job covering the storm, pretty factual. Try to stay off the roads until tomorrow. Lots of downed trees and power lines on the North side including Mountainside up to RT.22.
Myra August 28, 2011 at 07:41 PM
I was out of town this wknd and just saw that bayberry gardens which is the apt complex on the scotch plains/clark border was flooded. Before I head back, does anyone know if the flood has receded and are we able to get back in? Thanks.
Kevin Foley August 28, 2011 at 08:11 PM
Power back on old grove road mountainside as of 12:30 pm
Tasha August 28, 2011 at 08:36 PM
Does anyone know if broad street in westfield is flooded and if there is power there
John Celock August 28, 2011 at 09:35 PM
There have been trees down on Broad Street in parts and power outages are all around the community, hard to pinpoint to one spot.
Carol August 28, 2011 at 09:40 PM
Anybody know how Short Hills Club Village apartments in Springfield have fared? Pics?
Erica S. August 28, 2011 at 10:05 PM
Has anyone heard an update on when the power should be back on in Scotch Plains?
Lori Dahl August 28, 2011 at 10:07 PM
Tree branches just cut on Morris Ave/John,Summit. Next would be power co? SU East Townhouse community of 32 units still no power/no water.
carol zawodniak August 28, 2011 at 10:48 PM
does anyone know if there are any passable roads to get from fanwood to berkeley heights?
Gary Schwartz August 28, 2011 at 11:08 PM
Does anyone know when power will be restored to Clark St Westfield? Out since about 1 AM
Judy Martin Buldo August 28, 2011 at 11:17 PM
Anyone know the situation on Glenside Rd. through the reservation from Rt. 22 to Berkeley Heights?
just sayin August 28, 2011 at 11:26 PM
Does anyone know if the lambertsmill village apartments in scotch plains are/were flooded at all
Ayesha August 29, 2011 at 12:13 AM
Does anyone know when the power will be restored in summit ? I'm on Orchard and the power has been out since 1am
Cathy Lippert August 29, 2011 at 12:41 AM
I am looking for news on power restoration for Beverly Rd in Summit... Downed tree at bottom of hill by Oratory school. Much of the street is closed. Anyone have info I can pass on to family members still in the dark?
Lori Dahl August 29, 2011 at 01:45 AM
Summit-Morris Ave near Orchard just had power restored 9:30pm. Thx elec crew! YES power, NO water: half way there, still safe and ok.
Mark Justus August 29, 2011 at 12:26 PM
Does anybody know if rt. 22 East from bridgewater to mountainside is passable?
Nadine August 29, 2011 at 12:49 PM
Power on scotch plains evergreen blvd/ Glenside 6.30 am
Nadine August 29, 2011 at 12:50 PM
Anyone know about north union ave in cranford? Is it open?
Sue Kaufmann August 29, 2011 at 03:21 PM
Anyone know about English Village in Cranford? Is it accessible?
Liz Mitchell Worthington August 29, 2011 at 08:55 PM
Thank you all for participating in our live blog. We have started another one to discuss how people are coping today, continued power outages and business openings and closings. Check it out here: http://patch.com/A-l6tl
Nancy Pritchard October 30, 2012 at 01:35 PM
Anyone on Bradford Ave off Mountain. Trying to reach my elderly parents...they lost power around 8 last night but seemed to be fine. Unable to get through via land line or cell. Any update, trees, flooding, power etc would be greatly appreciated....Ty Ty Ty
P H October 30, 2012 at 01:45 PM
Nancy what is their address? I'll walk over there. My email is pshagar at hotmail
P H October 30, 2012 at 02:08 PM
Just walked almost all the way down Bradford toward Mountain. Several trees down but didn't see any that had hit homes. Power lines down between Alden and Dudley Court - will post a photo.
P H October 30, 2012 at 02:33 PM
Nancy - our friends live next door to your parents and said they are okay.
Nancy Pritchard October 30, 2012 at 03:01 PM
Thank you...Ty.....I just spoke with my Dad....Westfield needs to do some tree control...the cost of clean up after all the storms as a result of the tree damage is really irresponsible! Easier said then done I know and as a tree and nature lover hard to imagine but before they take another life unnessarily the town and the home owners needs to address the safety of the people first!!
Nancy Pritchard October 30, 2012 at 03:14 PM
Glad I found this publication...we have Front Porch Forum here in Vermont and it really helps you feel connected to the community.Especially in difficult times such as this....peace be with you! Thank you again!

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