MORRISTOWN, NJ - Downed trees and power outages continue for Morristown, Morris Township and Morris Plains residents. As of Thursday morning, the JCP&L outage map is reporting 92,124 customers remain without power.
Rosemilt Place in Morristown has a downed tree across the street, leaving residents without power and trapping them from leaving their homes in cars. Another downed tree across Cromwell Drive West in the township has knocked out power to over a hundred residents and left the street impassable. Both of these streets are not being reported on the JCP&L outage map. If you don't have power, contact JCP&L to report the outage. Call 1-888-LIGHTSS.
Yesterday, Morristown Mayor Tim Dougherty said he wasn't going to "stand here and scream about the response, but it boggles my mind that they knew this storm was coming and we still have so many people out (of power)", he said.
Although there has been no official timeline provided by JCP&L, Florham Park Chief of Police, Christopher Cannizzo, is telling his residents that power may be out in Florham Park for up to 7 days.
During the Governor's daily press release yesterday, Joe Fiordaliso, president of the Board of Public Utilities, said that the goal is to get 80 percent of the homes back online by Friday night.
“Once you get beyond that 80 percent threshold, we now get into more difficult situations where there are isolated cases which obviously take a lot more time to take care of,” he said. “But there’s considerable tree damage throughout the state of New Jersey, a considerable number of poles down.”
Fiordaliso said he’s optimistic that residents will have their power restored by the end of the weekend, but the issue isn’t merely cutting away branches and restoring lines.
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