The hurricane is bearing down on us now. Widespread power outages in Essex County. Millburn experiencing major flooding.
Millburn had to close high school as reception center for evacuees at 2:30 am. Now accepting people at Red Cross, 389 Millburn Ave. for transport to centers in Morris County.
Blogging by flashlight. Please follow us on Twitter if possible for complete microblogging of hurricane landfall here. Inds at 75 mph recorded on Jersey Shore as Irene finally arrives.
Tornado watch throughout region extended to 11 a.m.
The latest from Millburn PD (7:30 am):
The Township of Millburn continues its fight with Hurricane Irene. Local Emergency Services (Police Department, Fire Department, and Department of Public Works) continue to answer multiple calls for assistance throughout the Township of Millburn.
Some of the types of calls are trees down on homes and across roads; flooding continues to be a major problem. The following roads are closed from flooding , because of either/or/ both the East and West Branches of the Rahway River: Millburn Avenue, Essex Street, Main Street, Locust Street, and Ridgewood Road. The entire South Mountain Estate section of Millburn, was isolated from floods. At that time, members of the Millburn Fire and Police Departments were staged in that area to provide emergency services.
In addition, other roads that are closed from flooding are JFK Parkway, Rte 124, sections of White Oak Ridge Road, Rte 24 East Bound (one lane closed), Passaic Avenue, and Parsonage Hill Road.
Members of the Millburn Fire and Police Departments, with the assistance of a heavy equipment operator (driving a front end loader) from the Department of Public Works drove into running water on Main Street, to rescue a stranded motorist who disregarded the barricades.
The American Red Cross’s original reception center for persons needing shelter at the Millburn High School had to be moved at 0200 hours to the American Red Cross Headquarters at 389 Millburn Avenue.
We are anticipating several more hours of bad weather associated with Hurricane Irene, before we can begin our recovery phase.
PSE&G says 233,00 without power. Could take 5 to 7 days to restore.
PSE&G Hurricane Irene Update: Aug. 28, 2011 at 7:00 a.m.
— PSE&G customer outages number about 233,000 at this hour statewide. Outages will likely increase before the hurricane pulls away from our area. The utility, which provides electric service to 2.2 million customers, is estimating that full restoration may take between 5-7 days depending on the extent of the storm damage.
— The state’s largest electric and gas utility has extra personnel and supplies on hand to assure that storm-related emergencies are handled safely and promptly. Even so, customers should be prepared for potentially lengthy outages. Crews will begin to restore service once the heavy winds subside and it is safe to work on overhead electric lines.
— Many of the outages are caused by falling trees and limbs, which bring down power lines. Downed wires should always be considered “live.” STAY AWAY FROM ALL DOWNED LINES. Do not approach or drive over a downed line and do not touch anything that it might be in contact with. To report a downed wire and other visible equipment damage, call 1-800-436-PSEG and tell PSE&G the nearest cross street.
— To report a power outage, call PSE&G’s Customer Service line: 1-800-436-PSEG.
— In addition to widespread electric outages, PSE&G expects the heavy rain and predicted storm surge to result in gas outages. Water could enter the utility’s gas distribution system, as well as flood customers’ basements and gas appliances. Customers are reminded to call PSE&G to report gas odors, and contact their local fire department and municipal construction office to receive assistance in pumping the water out of their basements.
— Electric crews work to restore power to the largest numbers of customers first, taking into account “priority” customers, such as hospitals, police stations, fire stations, water and sewer facilities, communications facilities (TV, radio, and telephone), and customers on life-sustaining medical equipment. At the same time, the utility restores power to homes and businesses, starting with the circuits serving the largest number of customers.
— Customers with a handheld device, or who are at an alternate location with power, can also report power outages and view the status of their outage by logging in to My Account at pseg.com. General outage activity throughout our service territory is available online at www.pseg.com/outagecenter and updates are posted on pseg.com during severe weather.
— We have activated our Twitter page to keep the public informed about our restoration progress. Sign up as a follower at https://twitter.com/psegoutageinfo.
New Jersey American Water issued a boil water advisory for: West Orange, Short Hills, Millburn, Maplewood, Irvington, Springfield, and Summit.