Wednesday, October 31, 2012
From Long Valley to Bloomfield, fuel is scarce and tempers are high in northern New Jersey.
Two days after Sandy severed power to most of North Jersey, dwindling fuel supplies set off a stampede to service stations Wednesday, as empty tank-toting thousands waited hours to pay at the pump. Tensions often ran high as gasoline for cars and generators became more scarce by the second. Lines of people holding red canisters stretched into the dozens, while scores of cars backed up onto highways. "Avoid Morristown. Gas stations are out of fuel, please make other arrangements,” an alert from Morristown Police read Wednesday afternoon. "Everyone's panicking because all their gas tanks are on 'E,'" said one officer as he restricted access to Morristown’s Abbett Avenue in one direction because the mad rush to Dean's Tire Service there had …
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Morris County Office of Emergency Management is open now 24/7 through the end of the storm.
While no one was particularly enthusiastic about another approaching hurricane, many in the Morris County Office of Emergency Management were anxious to put in play the new strategies and techniques the developed since Hurricane Irene a little over a year ago. "We learned a lot from Irene," said Director of Emergency Management Jeff Paul. The office, which Paul said is now operating around the clock through the duration of the storm, is ready to offer support to the various munipalities around Morris County. To that end, Paul held a briefing with the designated OEM liasons for each municipality Sunday afternoon. "The county is ready from a preparedness perspective," Paul said. "Everyone has done phenomenal job getting ready and we're ready…
Parsippany Police also announced temporary no-parking zone in flood-sensitive Lake Hiawatha
In flood-sensitive lower Lake Hiawatha, Parsippany Police are taking special precautions to keep residents safe during Hurricane Sandy's impending visit. A no-parking zone has been established along Lake Shore Drive from North Beverwyck Road to the Lake Hiawatha Swim Club, said Chief Anthony DeZenzo in a statement. The chief also announced that there will be no garbage, recycling or yard waste pickup in the township on Monday or Tuesday. DeZenzo asked that residents throughout Parsippany place garbage receptacles indoors so that they do not blow away or become a hazard during the storm. He also requested that residents spread the word and help elderly or sick neighbors take their cans in as well.
Latest report from the National Weather Service shows projected rainfall totals double in some spots.
According to the Sunday afternoon report from National Weather Service Meteorologist Gary Szatkowski, the inland flooding threat posed by Hurricane Sandy has increased in the past 24 hours. "The takeaway message is that our region is currently in the path of a very dangerous storm," Szatkowski said. "Even if the eventual path changes, we will still feel severe effects from this storm." Yesterday's rainfall total map of the region (attached to this story) showed the northern end of New Jersey expecting around two inches of rain, four inches in the south and an isolated band of six inches around the Cape May end of the state. Current projections (also attached to this story) show the northern part of the state expecting four or five inches …
Saturday, October 27, 2012
Hurricane Sandy may cause a system-wide stoppage on Monday.
Saturday, October 27, 2012
In response to the increasing dire forecast surrounding Hurricane Sandy, the Christie Administration announced that preparations have begun for the potential shutdown of NJ Transit bus, rail, light rail and Access Link service, effective Monday. “The safety of our customers, employees and the public-at-large is paramount,” said NJ Transit Board Chairman and New Jersey Department of Transportation Commissioner James Simpson. “By beginning this important process, NJ Transit will be better able to support the state’s response to Hurricane Sandy by freeing up buses or other resources that may be needed for hurricane relief.” The systematic shutdown of NJ Transit service would require a minimum of 12 hours to complete. The process requires the…
Parks to be shut down by noon on Sunday, officials say.
Saturday, October 27, 2012
All state parks and historic sites are scheduled to be shut down at noon on Sunday in preparation for the arrival of Hurricane Sandy, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin announced today. According to Martin, safety concerns are forcing the closure and those who are camping now at state facilities across the state are being advised to prepare to leave those sites by mid-day Sunday. Martin also said those with reservations for next week are advised that parks may be closed through the entire week. Persons with reservations will be called by DEP personnel to reschedule their visits to state parks. After the storm passes through the state, the parks and historic sites will be assessed and re-opened on a case-by-case …
Emergency management tips, advice and storm prep help from local police.
Hurricane Sandy is not expected to make landfall until Monday, but it could hit New Jersey as early as late Sunday night. If you are lucky enough to have the means to prepare in advance, emergency management officials recommend that you do what it takes as soon as you can to get ready before the storm arrives. The first thing, officials say, is to have an emergency preparedness kit on hand. A few easily obtainable items (for most people) can make all the difference in the aftermath of a severe storm. Families should consider what is unique to their situation and adjust their kits accordingly. Do you have pets? A baby still on formula? Anyone in the family taking medication? Make sure to plan for that and add the necessary items to your kit…
NJNG cautions homeowners not to turn off natural gas service, even if they are evacuated.
New Jersey Natural Gas reports that crews are on standby to respond to any natural gas emergencies that arise during the Hurricane Sandy emergency. Spokesperson Renée M. Amellio said NJNG advises customers to leave their natural gas service on, even in the event of an evacuation. Customers should not attempt to turn natural gas service off at their meters. Natural gas is distributed through underground pipelines, so service should operate without interruption during the storm. Current forecasts predict Hurricane Sandy will bring tropical storm force winds to New Jersey on Monday and Tuesday, if not sooner, and there will be the potential for flooding and power outages. After severe weather, if there is a problem with your natural gas …
With many still displaced, Lake Hiawatha still hasn't finished recovering from last year's floods.
Friday, October 26, 2012
Hurricane Sandy threat lowers four Northern New Jersey reservoirs starting Friday night.
Gov. Chris Christie announced Friday evening that he is taking action as Hurricane Sandy—the so-called Frankenstorm—heads toward the East Coast. Christie said he will have gates lowered at four northern New Jersey reservoirs starting Friday night. The move is being done in an effort to mitigate potential flooding from Hurricane Sandy. “These actions are necessary due to the potentially unprecedented nature of the storm that is heading our way,” he said. “A great deal of rainfall is expected which could cause major flooding, so we are taking every step we can to try to mitigate the potential flooding that could occur.” Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin detailed the steps during a teleconference this evening …