LIVINGSTON, NJ — As of 10 p.m. on Tuesday night, after high winds and heavy rain caused by Tropical Storm Isaias brought down numerous trees, branches and wires during the day, PSEG and JCP&L reported thousands of ongoing outages in the Township of Livingston and plans for restoration. 

Additionally, with nearly 20 percent of Essex County residents left without power on Tuesday, FoodSafety.gov has shared tip on how to determine which refrigerated foods will remain fresh and usable after the outages. 

At the time of publication, PSEG reported more than 2,000 outages throughout Livingston with plans to have most service restored by Wednesday. At the same time, JCP&L reported just under 1,900 Livingston customers covered by seven damages circuits without power.

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According to township officials, JCP&L was still responding to major outages throughout the state on Tuesday night and focusing on the largest outages first. The service provider reported that certain restorations may be multi-day.

According to this chart for determining how long foods are usable after a power outage, a refrigerator will keep food safe for up to four hours, although the owner should keep the door closed as much as possible. Refrigerated perishable foods such as meat, poultry, fish, eggs and leftovers should be discarded after four hours without power.

For frozen food, FoodSafety.gov states that a full freezer will hold a safe temperature for approximately 48 hours, or 24 hours if it is half full and the door remains closed. According to the chart, food may be safely refrozen if it still contains ice crystals or is at 40 degrees or below, although the quality may suffer.

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