Nor'easter Could Strike This Week

Storm-ravaged NJ could see snow/wind as gas shortage, widespread outages continue

A Nor'easter could sock Sandy-battered New Jersey in the middle of next week, the National Weather Service is predicting.

"This storm has the potential to bring strong, gusty winds ... rain/wintry precipitation .. and coastal flooding to the tri-state area," the NWS said.

The possible storm, coupled with temperatures in the 30s the next few nights, underscores the urgency to restore power to weary residents.

The NWS, however, says the storm is not a sure bet, despite the service issuing a hazardous weather outlook.

"There is still uncertainty to the exact track this storm will take," it reported.

Nick Salegna November 04, 2012 at 07:26 PM
to Nancy Duggan:
Nick Salegna November 04, 2012 at 07:26 PM
to Nancy Duggan: It seems you never change...always nasty....but I guess you are feeling SO SMART right now..loser
Lydia989 November 04, 2012 at 07:27 PM
Better to be prepared yourself. Buy down duvets, thermal underwear, a cooler and some ice packs. Get a hurricane lamp or three. Charge up your batteries and buy canned soups and Swiss Miss. If you didn't already have a power outage plan, Sandy was your warning. Get to it.
Remember Fern? November 04, 2012 at 07:29 PM
Does anyone know how Fanwood and Scotch Plains are faring? I grew up there and remember riding out a hurricane while my father risked his life and went on the road so he could still put food on the table. I hope my old friends and haunts (like "the corner store in the middle of the block") are ok.
Bobby November 04, 2012 at 07:32 PM
This online rag has lst it's vision and its mission. With all do respect, if, when, I want state-wide news or even union county news I turn to the SL. In this site I prefer local (Summit) news, information, human interest, sports, government, business, worship, community service, SANDY UPDATES. This site and hundreds of other "patch.com" sites Are being rolled up into some bigger and broader geographic footprint. PLEASE GET BACK TO WHAT YOU STARTED WITH - LOCAL COVERAGE - ONLY.
Lydia989 November 04, 2012 at 07:33 PM
It hurts the people who don't enjoy moaning about half-empty glasses. When you're feeling positive about the crews you've met who are clearly trying very hard and who have offered you help, it's hard to just shut up when someone else is tearing them down viciously. Venting may feel good for you, but that doesn't mean other people like listening to it (much as you clearly don't like hearing people voice more positive opinions).
Lydia989 November 04, 2012 at 07:42 PM
If you live in a climate that regularly hits 30 degrees (and below), then yeah, reliable heat is not a naturally occurring feature of your environment. It's a bonus. I get that you're arguing that there "should" be heat, but that's not realistic. Like when you get on a plane, you "should" reach your destination unscathed. But the reality is that you're going up thousands of feet into the sky in an aluminum tube. "Should" doesn't mean much when something goes wrong. Hope for what "should" happen. Prepare for raw reality if it chooses to make an appearance.
Mattytas November 04, 2012 at 07:48 PM
Agree with Bobby, its also one big spot to complain.
Mick Erickson November 04, 2012 at 07:50 PM
Lydia, it is not more cost effective to keep repairing we have some of the highest energy costs in the nation! And it would be cheaper to bury what they are repairing now! we have complete streets that they are bringing poles into repair. why not at least bury those? because they make money off us leaving it up. Every year they repair the same street by me, we are the first to loose power and the last to get it back. Always. The whole street could have buried 3 times for the cost we paid to repair them. And the government certainly doesn't keep us safe if it did I would have power.
Mattytas November 04, 2012 at 08:04 PM
Seems I am somehow on the Westfield Patch! WTF? .... I was never here...please ignore...
Richard Sorce November 04, 2012 at 08:16 PM
Going back to Florida; at least it's warm!
Lydia989 November 04, 2012 at 08:23 PM
Mick, I'm just repeating what I've heard. If you have figures that say its more cost-effective to reorganize the entire grid, fair enough. But to be honest it sounds a lot more like anecdote-based conspiracy to me. As for the government being responsible for you having power, don't know quite where to go with that. I've never believed that the government was capable of defying natural disasters 100% of the time. Of course, I've also generally believed that the main person responsible for my own safety and comfort is me. So while I both expect and hope that the government will keep me safe (and will fund it to do so), I'm not quite as outraged when they fall short, because I'm prepared to pick up the slack. And it seems foolish to me that anyone would outsource their own safety to a third party and then believe that third party is infallible. It feels like people have arranged to make themselves relatively helpless, and are now blaming others to avoid thinking about how they really failed themselves. In short: hope for the best, prepare for the worst. Now go buy some hurricane lamps and down comforters.
Mick Erickson November 04, 2012 at 08:33 PM
Lydia: not outraged at the government, just telling u they cant keep us safe. and they do subsidize failing industry with our money. and they do claim that they can keep us safe. the regulate the power industry excessively and they keep the monopolies in charge in charge. they keep new better competitors out. they even regulate that I cant have a wood stove in my neighborhood. maybe they should stop protecting corporations and let the people do what they want. because some idiot burns down their house with a wood stove doesnt mean we have to make it against the law for everybody does it?
Anjana Kapur November 04, 2012 at 09:01 PM
Read most of the comments. I am really dismayed to learn that some of us cannot articulate simple things. We have a right to express our frustrations and ask for answers but please remember no one has the right to insult others. Please do not let the storm wipe away our dignity and integrity. Montville is a great place to live. Lets work together on its opportunities and not be the one to add on more opprtunities that need worked on. Use this time to reflect and then choose correct people to represent us. To those who are in the committee at present and Mr Mayor please prove to us residents that you all desrve your places by doing right by all residents. In wake of what has happened and the non responsiveness please start and sign a petition if you feel that we deserve some of our taxes back this quater as our representatives failed to deliver!!!!!!!
Nose Wayne November 04, 2012 at 10:33 PM
Are we STILL going to have to pay a USAGE fee to the electric companies ?
Jenne November 05, 2012 at 12:16 AM
I watched a huge tree being taken off a power line in my neighborhood. 4 trucks, about 15 guys, each guy and truck had their part of the job to do, but until the job was done nobody could just roll out to the next job. Even w/o powerlines and best case scenario, taking down a tree is 5 guys, one with a saw and one running the crane and the rest SPOTTING to make sure tree doesn't take out anything else. We did have a PSE&G truck on the street babysitting a downed powerline -- but the guy in it was an office worker, couldn't do anything to fix it, and the truck was a basic pickup. Crew from Ohio said they can't work at night-- too dangerous with no light. The roads are working, if you are stranded with no electric/heat, can you get a ride to a shelter? That's what they are for.
jeff November 05, 2012 at 12:38 AM
Pse&g is doing a great job. One worker today was electricuted when a.tree fell. Lets hope he survives. And you guys are complaining...
Betsy Burr November 05, 2012 at 12:43 AM
Obama stayed away from NY because he was asked to by officials who felt his presence would complicate recovery efforts. He complied. I don't see how you can blame him for that, as long as he is seeing to it that FEMA resources are mobilized. The rest, by law, is up to local and state officials.
Monk November 05, 2012 at 01:25 AM
I will commence ignoring you right .. now.
Nose Wayne November 05, 2012 at 01:33 AM
Our thoughts go out to the PSE&G worker that was hurt. These guys are working 24/7 to get your power back in the worst storm this area has ever seen. Stay safe out there guys.People, please be patient !!!!!
ASimon November 05, 2012 at 02:02 AM
Lydia, are you today's designated leader of the Smarmy Sanctimony League of Monmouth County? Or just a JCPL plant? I will start to "feel good" about the crews when I actually catch sight of one. My kid with bronchitis after nearly a week with no power would also like to thank them. Your posts reek of disingenuous planted corporate propaganda. Congratulations, you've earned your JCPL paycheck.
ASimon November 05, 2012 at 02:27 AM
To Beatrix and Lydia: I could not help but notice that both of you "ladies" who responded to my comment about JCPL with over the top defenses of the company, have no commenting history whatsoever on the Patch save for your responses to my criticism of the company. Does JCPL pay well for these comments? A little advice: tone it down- you will blend in better with people who comment for free.
Lydia989 November 05, 2012 at 04:29 AM
ASimon, I'm the same person. Because there is no power, I am commenting on my phone, and something got messed up in the registration and I had to reregister when my phone powered down (again, because of no electricity). Beatrix and Lydia are my first and middle names. Mystery solved, no deep JCPL-related conspiracy. I'm on PSEG, anyhow. I'm responding to your general bluster related to power companies because it annoys me and is divorced from reality, not because I'm shilling for a company, though it's sad you would jump to that conclusion. People who blame others for their own shortcomings irk me, and given you live in an area that regularly experiences freezing temperatures but apparently have not prepared for that reality and so are railing at others by lashing out with random conspiracies? That irks me. A little advice: sometimes people will disagree with you online. That does not mean they are funded by a faceless corporate enemy. Frankly, you're just not that special.
Lydia989 November 05, 2012 at 04:41 AM
ASimon, I did not even know that there were meetings of the Smarmy Sanctimonious League of Monmouth County! Given you are better informed about group's workings, you'll have to let me know next time. Also I will have to travel there, given I live in Hudson County. Which is served by PSE&G, FYI. But if either JCPL or PSE&G are willing to send me a paycheck for irritating you, then please have them send it along. Honestly, you're seeing things round every corner. Lazy energy crews, delinquent tree cutters, cowardly town employees, corporations funding shadowy message board postings... Step away from the computer, maybe read a book for a while. As for your son - dude. I can't tell if you're saying your son got bronchitis because of the cold or he already had it, but doesn't matter. If your son has bronchitis, get him into a hotel room or house with heat or shelter. Seriously. Do not sit at home and impotently curse the power company, bring your kid somewhere else. Streets are passable, bring him to a friend's or relatives or pretty much anywhere but a house with no heat.
Mary S. Lewis November 05, 2012 at 05:05 AM
ASimon is irksome
ASimon November 05, 2012 at 05:10 AM
Oh lydia the mystery about you was solved as soon as I read your posts under different names. By treating us to the same Holier Than Thou drivel under different monikers, you sought to lend your own unctuous sermons some credibility by agreeing with yourself. That, coupled with the fact that you have no prior history of comments under either of your multiple identities, tells me you are a one string guitar with an agenda. I can't wait to see what other nicknames you will use to post your duplicitous and snotty defenses of the power companies.
Lydia989 November 05, 2012 at 05:49 AM
Well, good for you then? Wasn't meant to be a secret - just have limited resources to dedicate to message board etiquette at the moment and so didn't write "(this is Beatrix, I had to register again because my phone ran out of power and something's gone wrong, full disclosure!)" every time I posted. Never agreed with myself, just said the same thing. Man, you really DO see a conspiracy around every corner, don't you? I have no prior history because I didn't have any interest in Patch until a freaking hurricane flooded my place and I needed a local resource to tell me what the hell was going on in town. How is this some great mystery to you? I did not know it was holy to tell someone they were being petulant and whiny. Now I know.
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