WARREN, NJ - The nor’easter that arrived yesterday may have passed, but the cleanup remains on Thursday. Thousands in our area remain without power as utility companies and road crews work to clean up damage from downed trees, poles and wires. Warren Township Schools and all Watchung Hills sending districts will be closed again on Friday, Mar. 9. All after-school and evening activities are canceled.

Jersey Central Power & Light is reporting that it is still assessing the damage caused by the storm, much of it caused by trees.  Because of that and the widespread outages, it doesn’t know when power will be restored.

Snow falls varied across our area from lows of nine inches to highs of 23 inches.

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To report a power outage go to the JCP&L power outage map http://outages.firstenergycorp.com/nj.html or the PSE&G power outage map http://outagecenter.pseg.com/external/default.html

Or contact JCP&L at 1-888-LIGHTSS (1-888-544-4877) Or PSE&G at 1-800-436-7734

The Police and Fire Departments are actively responding to emergency requests as they come in.We understand that multiple trees have fallen bringing down electric and communication cables, leaving residents with no power. If you come across downed wires do not attempt to move them as they may still be alive with electricity. PSE&G is aware of the situation and are working on restoring power to our community as well as all communities suffering from power loss.We ask all residents to stay inside, off the roads and use 9-1-1 for emergency calls only.

Help the Department of Public Works with snow removal by removing your vehicle from the side of the road. Do not push snow from your driveway back onto the street and do not call 9-1-1 about snow removal from your street.

Remember to clear all snow and ice for your vehicle, sidewalks and fire hydrants.

Be prepared in case of power outages. Charge your electronics, get batteries, flashlights and candles ready. 

Municipalities in Somerset County will offer warming centers at various locations during regular business hours as needed.
Visit http://bit.ly/2018Warming for a list of warming centers, locations and hours of operation. Residents should call first to verify if the building is open. For a list of locations with telephone numbers, visit https://www.nj211.org/nj-warming-centers#Somerset


For more cold-weather information go to http://bit.ly/FreezingCold

From Optimum:

In The Event a Storm Causes Outages

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    New Jersey Transit said it is implementing its severe storm schedule. Customers should check njtransit.com for updates.

    A "Severe Weather Rail Schedule'' is a limited weekday rail schedule utilized during weather events or other emergency situations.