Update: Electronics can be charged at Borough Hall in the gym today from 9 AM-5 PM. The only entrance open will be at Academy Street. COVID-19 Precautions will be taken. Attendees will be screened for temperatures and symptoms. Masks and social distancing required.
NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ — Since Tropical Storm (or Hurricane, depending on the news outlet) Isaias, 80 percent of the Borough and 78 percent of Union County is without power according to JCP&L -- thousands have been left with no refrigeration.
FoodSafety.gov has a chart for determining how long foods will stay fresh and usable after a power outage.
According to the site, "Your refrigerator will keep food safe for up to 4 hours during a power outage. Keep the door closed as much as possible. Discard refrigerated perishable food such as meat, poultry, fish, eggs, and leftovers after 4 hours without power."
For frozen food, the site says, "A full freezer will hold a safe temperature for approximately 48 hours (24 hours if it is half full and the door remains closed). Food may be safely refrozen if it still contains ice crystals or is at 40°F or below, however, its quality may suffer. Never taste food to determine its safety." A chart for determining if these foods may be used is also on the site.
Message from the New Providence Police and OEM:
*Please stay away from downed wires and trees*
When power does come back on, it may energize wires that are on the ground or in trees.
Below is a list of current road closures. There are several more locations that may not be listed where there are roadway hazards or obstructions. Use caution as you travel today as clean up continues.
Springfield Ave between Salt Brook Road and Terrace Road
Crescent Dr. and Edgewood Ave
Rear parking lot of 1275 Springfield Ave
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