NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - As the eye of Hurricane Sandy bears down on New Jersey, all residents are asked to stay off the roads and stay indoors.  The worst of the storm is supposed to hit our area between 6 and 8 p.m. and will last up until midnight.  However, after midnight, significant sustained winds and rain will continue through much of the day tomorrow and possibly even into Wednesday.

Power outages of blocks to significant areas of our towns are being reported, the hardest hit right now being Madison, New Jersey, where the south half of the Borough is without power.

Downed trees are causing downed power lines and both are a hazard to emergency personnel currently on the roads.

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Of note:

There are a significant number of downed trees and power lines in Millburn, New Jersey.  There are widespread power outages.  Read our story here.

A tree has fallen across Oxbow Lane in Summit trapping a truck, while a transformer also fell on the roadway, keeping emergency personnel from being able to assist the truck driver.  Police and fire are on the scene.

All branches of the Summit Area YMCA are closed on Tuesday.

All public schools in all of our coverage towns are closed on Tuesday.

All libraries in our coverage towns are closed on Tuesday.

Berkeley Heights, New Providence, Scotch Plains, and Fanwood have each declared a state of emergency.

Union County has declared a state of emergency from 6 p.m. tonight to 6 p.m. tomorrow night.  All County offices and buildings will be closed. 

The south half of Madison remains without power.

We will do our best to keep you informed throughout the storm.

Read our previous updates with additional information and safety tips:

4 p.m.

2 p.m.

11:45 a.m.

 

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