ShopRite Reopens; Hunterdon Power Outages Increase on Day Six After Winter Storm Riley

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The Flemington ShopRite has since reopened after closing yesterday. Credits: Curtis Leeds
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FLEMINGTON, NJ – Is this Day One of Hunterdon’s weather and energy emergency, or is it Day Six?

That depends on who you ask.

For the more half of Hunterdon County residents who lost power on Friday, it’s Day Six for those whose power hasn’t yet been restored.

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But for those who lost power is yesterday’s storm, it’s Day One.

Wednesday’s storm made more work for Jersey Central Power & Light. The utility yesterday had whittled down the number of customers without power from a peak of more than 30,000 in Hunterdon on Saturday to around 5,000 yesterday morning.

Hunterdon County officials reported that number rose to about 8,477 households this morning. JCP&L is reporting now that it has 8,568 customers without power – about 14 percent of Hunterdon. Especially hard hit is northern Hunterdon; in Lebanon Township, about 60 percent of all homes lack power.

County officials have reported that JCP&L crews are on the job working on restorations from their recently staged base on Route 202 here. Some of the individual outages are awaiting dispatch and have no estimated restoration time, including those in Flemington's problematic Thatcher's Hill area.

County offices are open today and all branches of the county libraries continue to serve as warming shelters and charging stations. The Flemington library on Main Street has re-opened after its power outage.

There are several locations offering showers, including HealthQuest in Raritan Township and both Hunterdon Wellness Centers in on Route 31 in Clinton Township and Route 22 in Readington.

The YMCA at Deer Path Park in Readington had also been offering showers, but it has since lost power, according to Hunterdon officials. ShopRite on Route 31 here is open; it had closed yesterday.

If you need assistance, call Hunterdon Helpline at 908-782-4357.

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