Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Several roads are blocked.
Patch editor Kaitlyn Anness reports that there are trees down and roads closed throughout the South end of Westfield. Anness said there is a tree down on Summit just past Jefferson, rendering the road impassable. Central Ave is partially closed at Marlboro Street and several side streets are closed along Boulevard and Summit with downed wires and trees.
Government urges caution with perishable food after loss of power.
The following is a release from Governor Christie's office. ----------------- The Christie Administration and Health Commissioner Mary O’Dowd urge all residents to throw away any food that may have come in contact with flood or storm waters and individuals that have suffered power outages should keep their refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible to maintain the cold temperature. Commissioner O'Dowd urged all residents to dispose of any perishable food that may have been above 40 degrees for two hours or more. Food will stay cold in the refrigerator for about four hours if it is unopened. A full freezer will keep the temperature for approximately 48 hours (24 hours if it is half full) if the door remains closed. However…
County under state of emergency until 6 p.m. Worst of storm is over; conditions remain hazardous.
The following is press release from Union County. ---------------------- The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders has issued the following updates and alerts for Union County residents: “So far it appears that Union County has come through the worst of the storm without loss of life and we are grateful for that,” said Freeholder Vice Chairman Linda Carter. “However, conditions remain hazardous with numerous downed power lines and trees blocking streets, and flooding in some areas. Please do your part to help out during this period by staying indoors and off the roads, so emergency responders and repair crews can get through.” Union County remains under a State of Emergency today, Tuesday Oct. 30 from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. All Union County …
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Surfers and fishermen head toward shore
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- Kevin Shea
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Surfers and fishermen outnumbered beach walkers on many beaches Saturday evening as Hurricane Sandy approached offshore. These surfers and fishermen were at the beach in Bay Head, which is under mandatory state orders to evacuate by 4 p.m. Sunday.
Friday, October 26, 2012
Stresses storm may knock out power for 7-10 days
Jersey Central Power and Light (JCP&L) President Don Lynch says the company has learned from the mistakes it made from Hurricane Irene and is ready for Hurricane Sandy and the threat it poses to the state. The company took heat when Hurricane Irene left many New Jersey towns without power for days - and, in some cases, weeks. Many thought JCP&L's response was too slow. The biggest lesson learned is getting the information out to customers and municipalities as specifically, quickly and often as possible, Lynch said. The company wants its customers to know as much information as possible, he said. "Just know that Jersey Central will be working hard day and night - we've already started, should that storm hit shore here and cause outages …
Update on County activities leading up to storm.
The following was released by Union County at 1 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 26. -------------- With Hurricane Sandy still on track to hit the Union County area by Monday, the Freeholder Board is urging residents to take steps to prepare this weekend. “Union County will be at the ready with personnel and equipment, and everyone can help our community get through this safely by taking a few simple steps,” said Freeholder Chairman Alexander Mirabella. Mirabella reminded County residents that basic steps include stocking up on a few days’ worth of food and water, including ready-to-eat food. Persons using prescription drugs or medical equipment should check those supplies, too. Because strong winds are predicted, it is also important to bring trash …
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Utility company president met with press Wednesday afternoon.
For those yet to have power restored in the wake of Hurricane Irene, it's cold comfort to know that 550,000 customers served in New Jersey by JCP&L had their electricity back as of Wednesday morning. But, at a hastily-organized press conference Wednesday afternoon at the electrical provider's North Jersey headquarters in Morris Township, JCP&L President Donald Lynch said that, and that they are working around the clock to get the remaining 120,000 New Jersey customers still without power back online within the next several days. "This is the worst storm we have seen in recent memory," Lynch said, noting the company provides electricity to approximately 1.1 million customers in Northern and Central New Jersey, across 13 counties. "We …
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Power company warns customers to be wary of crews charging for tree removal.
Jersey Central Power and Light say criminal opportunists are taking advantage of flood conditions. The power company warns residents to be on the look out for thieves pulling down power lines to strip out copper wire for resale as scrap. In a release, JCP&L warned that stripping power lines is illegal and hampers reconstruction efforts. Residents are urged to contact police if they see wire theft. JCP&L also warns residents to be on the lookout for teams of scam artists posing as JCP&L contractors. The con artists reportedly ask for money from homeowners for tree and branch removal and leave with the money and without providing any services. JCP&L said their real contractors will not ask for money for storm restoration services.
Saturday, August 27, 2011
Massive storm still packs a punch, forecasters warn
Hurricane Irene, packing 90 m.p.h. winds, has been downgraded to a category one hurricane, but forecasters warned Shore residents to continue to prepare for the worst Saturday morning. At 5 a.m., Irene was located 380 miles south-southwest of Atlantic City, according to the National Weather Service office in Mount Holly. All of the coastal counties of New Jersey remained under a hurricane warning, andmandatory evacuations were in place on all local barrier islands and in some other waterfront communities. Overall, between 6 and 10 inches of rain was expected to fall before all was said and done, according to the latest NWS forecast. An early-morning advisory from the National Hurricane Center in Miami said that Irene "lost some …