SUMMIT, NJ - Tropical Storm Isaias has left more than 75 percent of Summit's Jersey City Power & Light (JCP&L) customers without power.
As of 12:25 a.m. today, 7,022 out of 9,267 customers -- 75.77 percent -- are effected, according to outages.firstenergycorp.com. In Union County overall, the numbers are even greater, with 20,703 out of 27,232 -- or 76.02 percent -- without power.
Earlier, the City of Summit, via a SwiftReach notification, has stated that, "(JCP&L) crews are working to safely address emergency issues first and to determine the extent of the damage. It is highly likely that some power outages may continue through the night into Wednesday. JCP&L is currently unable to provide estimated power restoration times."
According to the JCP&L website:
"As of mid-day on August 4, FirstEnergy utilities had secured more than 1,800 additional resources as part of their response to Tropical Storm Isaias. This includes personnel from its utilities that are not expected to be impacted by the storm.
JCP&L set up staging sites in Jackson Township, Oceanport and Livingston, N.J., and secured the following additional outside resources to help restore electricity to customers who lost power due to the storm:
- Approximately 740 line workers
- Approximately 725 forestry contractors
- Approximately 270 hazard responders
- Approximately 75 damage assessors
- Approximately 30 support personnel
Met-Ed and Potomac Edison line crews are being assisted by contractors who are currently working on transmission and distribution projects across their service areas.
FirstEnergy continues to work closely with contractors and electric industry mutual assistance organizations to secure additional resources to assist with storm restoration efforts should they be needed."
Many of the outages were caused by trees or parts of trees toppled by high winds -- with gusts exceeding 60 mph -- that then subsequently fell on power lines.
As of 12:30 p.m. August 5, essentially two-thirds of Summit's JCP&L customers -- 6,134 out of 9,267 -- are still without power and, with storm recovery and assessment continuing, the City of Summit has notified residents "that this will be a multi-day restoration process."
City of Summit Department of Public Works crews are clearing fallen trees from roads and are waiting for JCP&L to 'de-energize' the remaining trees that need to be cleared. JCP&L crews are working at substations to complete repairs there before work on individual streets begins.
The City of Summit has established an outdoor charging station in the Broad Street east parking lot (adjacent to the Broad Street parking garage). Residents may charge electronic devices from 8:30 a.m.to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (August 5-7). If power outages continue, weekend hours will be established. Power strips are provided, and residents are asked to bring their own charging cord and adapter. Face masks are required, and people are asked to maintain a safe social distance of six feet from one another.
The City of Summit Transfer Station is open and residents can dispose of storm debris until 3:45 p.m. today. The Department of Community Services will provide curbside pickup of storm debris early next week, with the specific schedule yet to be finalized.
The City of Summit Fire Department has received a number of emergency calls related to dangerous levels of carbon monoxide in homes from generator use. Citizens are reminded to follow safety tips when using a generator:
- Never use a generator inside a home, garage, crawl space, or other enclosed areas. Fatal carbon monoxide fumes can build up that neither a fan nor open doors and windows can properly ventilate.
- Professionally installed stationary home generators produce carbon monoxide and can cause carbon monoxide to enter the home. Ensure openings near a generator are sealed shut.
- Always use a generator outdoors in a location away from open windows, vents, or doors.
- Always have a working carbon monoxide detector in your home. Check to ensure it is in proper working order, especially when running a generator.
- Use extension cords that are grounded and rated for generator use. Coiled cords can get extremely hot; always uncoil cords and lay flat in open locations.
- Never plug a generator directly into a home outlet. If connecting a generator into a home electrical system, have a qualified electrician install a power transfer switch.
- Take precautions to protect your generator from exposure to rain and snow, and never operate under wet conditions.
Free ice and water available to JCP&L customers without power in the following Summit-area locations:
- ACME, 1260 Springfield Avenue, New Providence
- Kings, 393 Main Street, Chatham
- ShopRite of Chatham, 641 Shunpike Rd / Southern Blvd, Chatham
- Kings, 184 Columbia Tpk., Florham Park
- Kings, 977 Valley Rd, Gillette
- ShopRite of Millburn, 220 Main Street, Millburn
- Kings, 778 Morris Tpke, Short Hills
- ShopRite of Springfield, 727 Morris Tpke, Springfield
- ShopRite, 1153 Valley Road, Stirling
- Kings, 784 Springfield Ave, Summit