Day Three: Thousands Without Power in Hunterdon as Mid-Week Storm Looms

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Brown Street in Flemington is closed at Route 12. Credits: Curtis Leeds
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This damage occurred almost across the street from the JCP&L Capner Street electric substation. Credits: Curtis Leeds
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Across Hunterdon, some roads are closed for the third day today. Credits: Curtris Leeds
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FLEMINGTON, NJ – Hunterdon Central High School and Flemington-Raritan schools had delayed openings today, as many schools throughout Hunterdon are closed.

Orange cones, downed trees and utility poles continue to dot the county landscape, and roads are closed helter-skelter. And more than one-quarter of the county remains without power in the wake of Friday’s storm, Jersey Central Power & Light reports today.

Meanwhile, the county’s Department of Public Safety is alerting residents that a winter storm watch is in effect for late Tuesday into Wednesday, with four to eight inches of possibly heavy snow in the forecast.

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That means that some residents may be coping with the cold and snow before their power is restored. As of early Tuesday afternoon, JCP&L reports that 16,231 of its 60,000 customers remain out of power. That’s down from the more than 30,000 customers who were without power on Saturday.

County officials say power for some may not return until Wednesday, but also caution in a press release that, “As our communities experienced during the storms of 2011 and 2012, and even some since, these times typically fluctuate.”

Hunterdon Freeholder Director Matt Holt has criticized JCP&L’s preparation for the storm. JCP&L spokesperson Ron Marano said yesterday his company welcomes the opportunity to share with the Freeholders details on the damage and recovery.

JCP&L won’t have to wait long for the chance to speak up. The Freeholders meet tomorrow in their meeting room at the Administration Building on Main Street here. The public portion of the meeting begins at 5:30 p.m., and TAPinto-Flemington will report on the discussion.

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