Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Government urges caution with perishable food after loss of power.
The following is a release from Governor Christie's office. ----------------- The Christie Administration and Health Commissioner Mary O’Dowd urge all residents to throw away any food that may have come in contact with flood or storm waters and individuals that have suffered power outages should keep their refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible to maintain the cold temperature. Commissioner O'Dowd urged all residents to dispose of any perishable food that may have been above 40 degrees for two hours or more. Food will stay cold in the refrigerator for about four hours if it is unopened. A full freezer will keep the temperature for approximately 48 hours (24 hours if it is half full) if the door remains closed. However…
Major power outages and tree damage seen throughout the township.
It's shaping to be a quiet, messy day for Springfield. According to JCP&L's online outage map, 7,014 customers in Springfield do not have power. Springfield isn't alone in the dark; JCP&L is reporting 930,000 customers without power in the state. "Power outages are widespread and prolonged throughout the State," Springfield Mayor Ziad Shehady wrote in a Facebook update. "There are no estimated times for restoration yet—days not hours. We have notified the utilities of all infrastructure damage." In another message, Shehady said he confirmed with New Jersey American Water that all township customers have normal water service. Nonetheless, he cautioned residents to expect water conservation measures, as AmWater facilities are running on …
County under state of emergency until 6 p.m. Worst of storm is over; conditions remain hazardous.
The following is press release from Union County. ---------------------- The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders has issued the following updates and alerts for Union County residents: “So far it appears that Union County has come through the worst of the storm without loss of life and we are grateful for that,” said Freeholder Vice Chairman Linda Carter. “However, conditions remain hazardous with numerous downed power lines and trees blocking streets, and flooding in some areas. Please do your part to help out during this period by staying indoors and off the roads, so emergency responders and repair crews can get through.” Union County remains under a State of Emergency today, Tuesday Oct. 30 from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. All Union County …
Monday, October 29, 2012
The weather has shut doors throughout the township.
Here's a quick list of institutions closed today from the storm. If we're missing your business or office, add it in the comments. Tonight's Springfield BID meeting scheduled for tonight has been canceled.
Information to help you weather the weather.
Editor's note: there was some confusion about whether residents can park at Evangel Church. Residents are able to park there.
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Weather shuts down public school system.
Shortly after 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 28, the Springfield school system announced that classes will be suspended on Monday, Oct. 29, due to Hurricane Sandy. The announcement also stated that information regarding Tuesday will be available on Monday. UPDATE: According to a posting on their website, Saint James School will be closed on Monday, Oct. 29. The note added that d ue to the closure, all After School activities including volleyball have been cancelled as well. The early childhood program at Temple Beth Ahm Yisrael will be closed as well.
Surfers and fishermen head toward shore
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Kevin Shea
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Surfers and fishermen outnumbered beach walkers on many beaches Saturday evening as Hurricane Sandy approached offshore. These surfers and fishermen were at the beach in Bay Head, which is under mandatory state orders to evacuate by 4 p.m. Sunday.
Friday, October 26, 2012
Stresses storm may knock out power for 7-10 days
Jersey Central Power and Light (JCP&L) President Don Lynch says the company has learned from the mistakes it made from Hurricane Irene and is ready for Hurricane Sandy and the threat it poses to the state. The company took heat when Hurricane Irene left many New Jersey towns without power for days - and, in some cases, weeks. Many thought JCP&L's response was too slow. The biggest lesson learned is getting the information out to customers and municipalities as specifically, quickly and often as possible, Lynch said. The company wants its customers to know as much information as possible, he said. "Just know that Jersey Central will be working hard day and night - we've already started, should that storm hit shore here and cause outages …
Update on County activities leading up to storm.
The following was released by Union County at 1 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 26. -------------- With Hurricane Sandy still on track to hit the Union County area by Monday, the Freeholder Board is urging residents to take steps to prepare this weekend. “Union County will be at the ready with personnel and equipment, and everyone can help our community get through this safely by taking a few simple steps,” said Freeholder Chairman Alexander Mirabella. Mirabella reminded County residents that basic steps include stocking up on a few days’ worth of food and water, including ready-to-eat food. Persons using prescription drugs or medical equipment should check those supplies, too. Because strong winds are predicted, it is also important to bring trash …
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
National Weather Service issues hazardous weather outlook for northern, southern parts of state.
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Parts of New Jersey may see hazardous weather conditions this week and into next week as Hurricane Sandy makes its way to the U.S., according to the National Weather Service. "(Hurricane) Sandy is slowly gathering strength south-southwest of Jamaica. The current forecast track has Sandy passing over Jamaica Wednesday afternoon as a hurricane, then near or over eastern Cuba Wednesday night. Winds have already begun to increase in and around the Florida Peninsula, especially over the coastal waters where Small Craft Advisories and Tropical Storm Watches are in effect," the NWS said. In New Jersey, the hazardous weather outlook has been issued to begin Thursday, when rainfall and increased wind speeds are expected. "The remnants of Sandy may …