[UPDATE BELOW] What a day! Dreary skies, sideways rain, high winds... Welcome to December. A falling tree killed somebody in a car in New Jersey according to WCBS, and with winds gusting at 50 mph or more, NYC bridges have been restricted. Fox 5 reports that no trucks are being allowed on the Verrazano-Narrows bridge, and as a result the outbound Gowanus Expressway is a total mess. Also,
no trucks carrying outside cargo are currently allowed onto there are speed restrictions in effect on the Throgs Neck, Whitestone, and RFK bridges, where a 35 mph limit is in effect. And if you're trying to get between Manhattan and Jersey on NJ Transit, good luck!
Because of "overhead wire damage," rail service is currently suspended between Newark and New York in both directions. But don't despair, the PATH is cross honoring NJ Transit tickets at Newark, Hoboken and 33rd Street! Also, NY1 reports that the Department of Buildings has issued a wind advisory, and is "urging builders, contractors and property owners to secure loose items at construction sites and buildings." The DOB also says that if you own any patio furniture, potted plants, garbage cans, garden tools, grills, patio umbrellas, and satellite dishes, you need to anchor that stuff down most ricky-tick. The hell with this, can we all just go back to bed and dream of dancing sugar-plums?
UPDATE 3 p.m.: The DOT tells us that "Phase II restrictions banning tractor trailer and other trucks from crossing the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge have been lifted." Carry on with the trucking, everyone.
UPDATE 4:15 p.m.: NJ Transit is back, baby, just in time for rush hour! According to their website, travelers can expect delays up to one hour, but that probably won't seem much different from your average commute, hey-o. NJ Transit says: "Midtown Direct trains will continue to operate to/from Hoboken Terminal, instead of New York, for the remainder of Wednesday. All Midtown Direct trains (6200 and 6600-series) will make all local stops today. All trains in/out of Hoboken are subject to 20-30 minute delays due to congestion."
A NJ Transit spokesman tells Fox 5 that the wire damage that caused the shutdown is "significant" and it's not clear that it was weather related. A train carrying about 600 people was stuck between stations because of the problem.
Amtrak service along the Northeast Corridor in and out of Penn Station was also shut down today, but has now resumed "after earlier overhead wire problems in Newark, New Jersey and on its Hellgate Line in Bronx, New York have been cleared. Passengers should expect residual congestion-related delays."