New Jerseyans Start Feeling Effects of Hurricane Sandy
Parts of New Jersey face power outages and flooding from Hurricane Sandy, which is expected to have an even greater effect Monday night. NJ Today reports:
Residents throughout New Jersey are already feeling the effects of Hurricane Sandy, which are expected to last through Tuesday. The latest forecast predicts the hurricane will make landfall along the central New Jersey coast sometime late Monday afternoon or Monday night. Some have evacuated while others stocked up on supplies. Officials warn the storm could bring an unprecedented amount of flooding and cause power outages to many areas. Both have already been reported in some areas.
Gov. Chris Christie declared a State of Emergency for New Jersey and ordered the evacuation of some areas. He also announced that state offices will remain closed Tuesday and non-essential employees should stay home. Residents are advised to stay off the roads when possible and drive with extreme caution if necessary.
More than 250,000 Atlantic City Electric customers have already reportedly lost power. Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) has crews ready to restore power. According to the utility’s outage map, the greatest amount of customers without power as of 2:20 p.m. Monday was in Middletown Township with more than 5,000 customers in the dark. PSE&G reported 6,200 customers without power in New Jersey Monday afternoon. Customers can check the areas with the utility’s outage map.
NJ Transit has suspended all rail, bus, light rail and access link service until further notice.
For a more complete list of specific responses to the storm in New Jersey, see the full post at NJToday.