LIVINGSTON, NJ — The National Weather Service has issued a tropical storm warning for the region, stating that winds could reach 58-to-73 miles per hour (MPH) on Tuesday with possible impacts to roofing and siding along with porches, awning and carports.

According to the National Weather Service, trees may be snapped or uprooted, and some roads may become impassable from large debris. A flash flood watch has been put into effect with three-to-six inches of rainfall anticipated. 

“The main threats with this system involve heavy rainfall, strong winds, minor to moderate coastal flooding, along with high surf and dangerous rip currents,” the service said in a statement on Monday morning while also advising that the “situation is somewhat favorable for tornadoes.”

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The Township of Livingston’s local utilities are currently monitoring the predicted hazardous weather conditions and have provided the following information for both Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) and Public Service Electric & Gas Co. (PSEG) customers. 

JCP&L (First Energy)

JCP&L meteorologists are closely monitoring the developing weather conditions, and the service is prepared to activate its storm response and Incident Command System plans.

In the event outages occur due to severe weather, customers without power are encouraged to report their outage by calling 1-888-LIGHTSS (1-888-544-4877), clicking the “Report Outage” link on www.firstenergycorp.com, or by sending a text message to 544487. 

Customers should immediately report downed wires to the number above or call their local police department.

JCP&L reminds customers to stay away from downed wires, even if they believe they are no longer carrying electricity. Extra caution should be used in areas where downed lines are tangled with trees or other debris. Motorists are cautioned to treat intersections with inoperable traffic signals as four-way stops.  

PSEG

PSE&G is also prepared to respond to hurricane force winds, heavy rain and thunderstorms forecast for the service area over the next few days, according to Livingston Township. The utility continues to monitor Hurricane Isaias, has extra personnel at the ready and encourages customers to prepare for possible flooding and power outages.

“Hurricane Isaias may arrive on the heels of other storms that have saturated the ground, making it easier for trees to be uprooted and bring down power lines. We’re preparing and closely monitoring the storm path,” said Jack Bridges, PSE&G vice president for Electric Operations. “We have crews available to respond to any service interruptions that may occur, and we encourage customers to contact us immediately should they experience an outage.”

“PSEG is prepared to maintain safe, reliable service during the COVID-19 pandemic. In response to the outbreak, we have adapted our storm and safety procedures to follow public health guidelines and industry best practices. We thank our customers for their patience as we operate under these unusual circumstances to safely restore power, as quickly as possible”

As the safety of PSEG’s customers and employees is the company’s top priority, all customers are asked to remain in their homes while crews are working nearby. If customers must speak with the crews, all involved are asked to practice responsible “physical distancing” and remain at least six feet away from each other.

Visit pseg.com/myaccount to sign up to report outages online and to check restoration progress. Visit pseg.com/outagecenter to check the “Outage Map,” which is updated every 15 minutes with PSEG outage information and to register for MyAlerts to receive text notifications.

PSEG residents can report an outage by texting “OUT” to 4PSEG (47734) or via Alexa.

Additionally, all residents should assume that downed power lines are “live” and stay at least 30 feet away from them. Call PSEG at 1-800-436-PSEG (7734) or 911 to report downed wires.

All Livingston residents should be cautious and stay alert to their surroundings during and after storms. Here's what residents can do now to prepare:

  • Be ready to communicate about the situation.
  • Make sure a family emergency plan is in place.
  • Charge all phones, tablets, power backups and other mobile devices (learn how to use available “hotspots” for areas without internet access)

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