Somerset County

Nor'easter rips into Somerset County; Officials Urge Caution



HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Heavy winds, with 60 MPH gusts expected have moved into Somerset County, with the heaviest rain and strongest winds expected through 9 p.m.

Downed trees, tree branches and wires have been reported throughout Somerset County, with some flooding expected.

Township police closed Dutchtown Zion Road between Hillsborough and Montgomery around 4 p.m. because of a downed tree and wires down.

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Emergency Management officials remind residents to stay away from fallen trees, branches and wires in the roadway, sidewalks or parking lots and report them by calling 9-1-1.

 Downed wires should always be considered "live," according to Public Servicie Electric & Gas. The utility warns against appoaching or driving over a downed line .

"Do not touch anything it might be in contact with. If a wire falls on or near your car, stay inside the car, call 911, and do not get out until PSE&G deenergizes the line," advises a PSE&G spokesperson.

To prevent carbon monoxide poisoning, do not run any gasoline powered engine, including generators and snowblowers, in a garage or any other enclosed space.
To report downed wires or power outages, call PSE&G's Customer Service line at 1-800-436-PSEG.  Also, customers can report outages by logging into their PSE&G account online or by texting "OUT" to 4PSEG (47734). The utility's mobile-friendly website includes an "Outage Map" that is updated every 15 minutes and displays the location and status of power outages in PSE&G's service area.

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