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Isaias snarls transit across New York, New Jersey

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Posted at 12:59 PM, Aug 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-04 23:54:58-04

Strong winds and heavy rain from Tropical Storm Isaias caused service delays and suspensions on subway, bus and rail lines across New York and New Jersey Tuesday.

Officials urged residents to stay home, if possible. However, anyone who must travel should check for service changes before heading out.

As of 11:30 p.m., on the subways, where most outdoor lines were temporarily suspended earlier in the day, all lines have been restored, with the exception of the Brighton line which is partially restored, according to the MTA.

All train service was suspended on NJ Transit, Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North Railroad due to high winds and storm debris causing hazardous conditions, officials said.

As of 8:30 p.m., NJ Transit had brought an extremely limited number of trains. They announced later Tuesday evening that most lines will operate on a weekend schedule on Wednesday with cross-honors still being accepted at the PATH stations.

"Limited NJ Transit rail service out of Penn Station New York only on the Northeast Corridor will temporarily resume to accommodate customer demand for the remainder of the service day today, August 4," they said in a statement.

The LIRR and Metro North remained suspended on all lines as of 8:30 p.m.

An MTA spokesperson referenced utility poles and trees down on lines. The MTA says they're working to get lines cleared and outdoor trains up and running.

NYC Transit suspended above-ground subway service due to high winds and storm debris. Some lines were fully suspended while others are partly suspended. For more information on specific subway lines, click here.

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PATH cross-honored NJ Transit tickets and passes at Newark Penn Station, Hoboken and 33rd Street in Manhattan. Customers were also advised to take NJ Transit light rail, bus, private carrier buses and PATCO.

New York City buses kept running, but there were some route detours due to downed trees. For more information on specific bus lines, click here.

New York City-area airports recommended travelers check with airlines before arrival.

Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge has reopened to traffic in both directions after being closed for several hours due to winds clocking in at over 70 mph.

Isaias quickly made its way north across New Jersey and parts of New York Tuesday afternoon. While much of the rain has cleared out of northeastern New Jersey and southeastern New York, strong wind gusts are still a danger.

Winds of 30 to 40 mph with gusts of 50 to 70 mph are possible, especially over coastal areas of New Jersey and Long Island, through about 6 p.m.

Downed trees, power lines and minor structural damage has been reported across New York and New Jersey.