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Hurricane Sandy Update as of Monday, 4 p.m.

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NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Hurricane Sandy is now 110 miles from Atlantic City with maximum sustained winds of 90 miles per hour.  The storm is expected to make landfall in New Jersey tonight.  Here are the most recent updates from our towns:

Madison:  Widespread power outages on south side of Madison.  Madison electric crews are on the scene.

Millburn:  Glen Avenue closed from Marion to Brookside due to downed power lines

New Providence:  Power out for many residents on Oakwood.  Power also out on Chestnut and North View.

South Orange:  South Orange is closing all village streets to traffic, effective 4 p.m., except for emergency vehicles.

Westfield:  Mayor Andy Skibitsky has issued a Hurricane Sandy update at 12:45 October 29 on the town's website, www.westfieldnj.gov. Read it here

The County of Union has declared a State of Emergency from 6 p.m. tonight to 6 p.m. tomorrow night. All County buildings and offices will be closed and only essential personnel and emergency responders will be required to report to work.

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Also, a total of 13 municipalities have declared states of emergencies including the following municipalities:
Roselle
Rahway
Clark
Winfield
Berkeley Heights
New Providence
Mountainside
Springfield
Cranford
Scotch Plains
Fanwood
Linden
Roselle Park
 

New Jersey Education Commissioner Chris Cerf has issued the following statement:

"In light of the worsening conditions due to Hurricane Sandy, I am strongly encouraging all superintendents and charter schools across the state to cancel school tomorrow. While we respect that these decisions need to be made at the local level, all indications are that the worst of the storm will be hitting New Jersey this evening and tomorrow, and it is of the utmost importance that we consider the safety of our students, school staff and district personnel at this time. Again, the decision remains a local one, but I cannot be any clearer: the effects of the storm are only going to get worse and it is in everyone's best interest for districts and charters to cancel school tomorrow."

The Christie Administration has activated the volunteer emergency response hotline.  Volunteers are asked to call 1-800-JERSEY-7.  "During Hurricane Irene, I saw firsthand how individual New Jerseyans worked selflessly to help others during a crisis," said Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno. "Based on what we learned, we established this volunteer emergency response hotline to enhance our responsiveness during emergencies and better organize volunteers. Today we're activating the hotline so that our state is prepared to direct volunteers where help may be needed."

If storm conditions preclude the hotline from being answered by live operators, volunteers may call one of two backup hotline numbers: 609-775-5236 or 908-303-0471. Volunteers may also send an email to rowena.madden@sos.state.nj.us.

If you are already a trained volunteer affiliated with an emergency response organization, please contact that agency to register your readiness to receive an assignment.

Those who need help from volunteers and other services may call 211 or go online at www.nj211.org.

 

Click here for our 2:00 p.m. update

Click here for our 11:45 a.m. update.

Editor's Note:  Please email your updates and photos to editor@thealternativepress.com

 

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