Nor'easter Could Cause More Power Outages, Governor Warns

Power has been restored to millions of customers since Hurricane Sandy caused damage across the state, but a new storm could undo many repairs.

A Nor'easter headed toward New Jersey could slow the cleanup from Hurricane Sandy and even cause more power outages, Governor Chris Christie said Tuesday.

Forecasters have predicted the storm will hit New Jersey Wednesday and could bring gusts of 50 or 60 miles per hour. Crews cleaning up from Hurricane Sandy and restoring power are not allowed up in their bucket trucks if winds hit 40 miles per hour or more.

"If you've gotten power, some of you may lose power again," Christie said.

More than 11,000 crews have been working to restore power in New Jersey since Hurricane Sandy caused outages for about 2.76 million customers across the state. As of Tuesday morning, Atlantic City Electric had about 100 percent of their customers back on, Christie said. PSE&G had about 87 percent, JCP&L had about 80 percent and Orange & Rockland had about 84 percent of their customers restored.

Christie also warned that flooding could be a problem along the coast and barrier islands, where Hurricane Sandy already caused flooding last week. The National Weather Service has predicted "moderate flooding" along the coast Wednesday night, but that prediciton does not necessarily account for changes to the coast caused by Hurricane Sandy.

"The dunes are gone," Christie said. "Mild to moderate flooding could become major flooding. We don't know."

Inland flooding is less of a concern, Christie said. Before Hurricane Sandy, state officials had ordered several reservoirs to be lowered to lessen the risk of flooding, but the storm brought less rain than predicted. Only Pompton Lake has been pegged to be lowered again before the Nor'easter hits.

The National Weather Service (NWS) is forecasting that it could start raining early Wednesday. That rain could change to snow throughout the course of the day. Temperatures are forecast to be in the mid to low 30s Tuesday and Wednesday night and in the mid 40s on Wednesday.

“We’ll have enough cold air that we could see some snowfall mixing in but right now it looks like we’re going to get snow mixing with rain,” said Mike Layer, a meteorologist with the NWS’s Upton, N.Y. office. “If it’s just cold enough we could see a period of just all snow but we’re not looking at too much accumulation.”

Layer said accumulations could be less than 1 inch by the time the storm leaves the area Wednesday night into Thursday. The forecasted amount could change depending on which direction the storm moves up the coast.

“If it goes west we could see higher amounts of precipitation. If it heads East, we could see lower amounts,” Layer said.

Weather.com is reporting that the storm could cause additional power outages.

The NWS has issued a wind advisory for much of North Jersey, including Passaic, Bergen and Morris counties, from 6 a.m. Wednesday to 6 a.m. Thursday.

The storm could also bring strong winds but not as fierce as those felt during Sandy. Those winds, which gusted up to 90 miles per hour, knocked down trees, telephone poles and power lines throughout North Jersey.

Layer said winds are forecast to be between 20 to 25 miles per hour with gusts between 35 and 60 miles per hour in the higher elevations.

paul r November 06, 2012 at 09:41 PM
Sorry, but no amount of trimming is going to stop an 80 foot oak tree from falling across a street and taking out everything in it's path.
abook November 06, 2012 at 09:51 PM
I can't handle this anymore. This governer should resign over his failure to have any recovery plan in place for every damn street. And stop making PSEG give forecasts it is only wasting their time, and they don't keep to their forecasts anyway this is hell on earth in Christie land.
Michelle November 06, 2012 at 09:58 PM
From PSE&G website. Good luck for those of you who are still without...stay safe and try to keep warm. Shelters and warming stations are still working in Wayne. http://pseg.com/pdf/PSE_G%20Workforce%20Schedule20121106%200600.pdf
Donna Colucci November 06, 2012 at 10:19 PM
I have to put my two cents in also. Everyone keeps saying, "We have no power." I would like to tell you all that you have so much power. It's electricity that you are lacking. Let's put this all into perspective Please.
TonyC November 06, 2012 at 11:06 PM
Home no power - Check Work no power - Check Getting the run around from PSE&G - Check 98% of south regions which were hit hardest had power restored. Up in Ironbound Newark, 8 days in counting with no power at home address and at work. Saw a couple of PSE&G line trucks in the area this morning and they just sat in their vehicles all morning and left right before lunch without doing a single thing. Is anyone supposed to be held accountable for this fiasco?
kim b November 06, 2012 at 11:07 PM
If I could just see someone from JCPL doing something I wouldn't feel so forgotten. Like many my rode has been closed and been without power since Monday.
TonyC November 06, 2012 at 11:10 PM
Oh, did I mention I did see PSE&G's meter reader a couple blocks reading all the meters for the businesses and homes that had power.
Powerless in Wyckoff November 06, 2012 at 11:49 PM
There are people without power who are suffering in Wyckoff, and, in one case on Spencer Drive, one of these unfortunates was confronted by a neighbor (who was fortunate to have power), the neighbor was upset that leaves were blowing onto their lawn! What is wrong with people???
Will call November 06, 2012 at 11:56 PM
6:55 pm on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 Governor - you want to do something which will work? Sponsor a law that requires any utility to refund a full month's worth of charges for any customers who are not restored service within 7 days (7 days after the end of the situation causing the outage, to be fair - 7 days when repairs possible). Do this to be fair to your citizens. Do this to hold utilities to the seriousness of their essential services and exclusive franchises. Put their skin in the game.
Jon November 07, 2012 at 12:36 AM
@chokhi, if someone had asked you on October 29 to predict exactly WHICH trees would be falling and which trees would remain standing during this storm, all across the affected area, what would your accuracy rate have been? Please be honest.
gary November 07, 2012 at 12:57 AM
why should they give you a month free they did not cause the outage nature did. stop complaining you are not the only home without power.the have to give power to the essencial services first so that you can eat have emergency services.there were over 2 millon homes without services you should be giving them praise for working 12 hour days and most not even seeing there familys you should be happy you are alive.so stop whinning and give credit where credit is do If you was prepared like they told you you would have a generatorand you would not be crying like a baby.gary from florida
gary November 07, 2012 at 01:00 AM
Everything will come out in the wash
USAUSA November 07, 2012 at 01:13 AM
Donna shut the F up, Christy if you hear this I do like you but pseg is a piece of crap company f them this will be day 10 and another storm more days added on this is BS.
Alice Jameson November 07, 2012 at 01:24 AM
As if you could even get a hotel. I called a local one in the hopes of just one night of normalcy, but was told there were no rooms at the inn.
USAUSA November 07, 2012 at 01:35 AM
f u mike , meet me on my dark corner
Annie November 07, 2012 at 01:48 AM
Please call JCP and L customer service # 1-800-662-3115 everyday! For Hazardous situations like down Power lines and multiple streetlight problems and power outages. Call customer service every day and let them know it is very important they fix this situation as it is a Safety issue now. It is best to call at 8AM as they are less busy at this time. I called today and they are hoping to have everybody up in Parsippany by SAT. They should be ashamed for keeping us in the dark for so long. They should not send us a bill for this whole month or offer us a deep discount. We are losing a lot of money on gas for the generator, going out to eat everyday, hotel stays. This is a natural disaster and I understand but they are the Power experts and they should have a plan in place to keep us all safe. This is a major inconvenience. We are high paying tax customers and we do not deserve to be treated like this. Our power should have been restored long time ago. I wonder what Mayor James Barberio could do to help us. HIS # is 973-263-4297. Call him too and ask him.
Mike Chubre November 07, 2012 at 01:53 AM
Not going out tonight. Too cold. How about tomorrow?
BellairBerdan November 07, 2012 at 02:08 AM
USA1 you're starting to sound like a victim that wants the government to take care of him. You should get some solar panels maybe and be more self reliant.
Nose Wayne November 07, 2012 at 02:24 AM
Don't pay for a service you didn't get, that's all.Also, 3 to 6 inches and 40-50 mph winds are forecast for tomorrow starting at around 9am with the heaviest around 5pm. Stay safe out there everyone.
Edge river November 07, 2012 at 04:18 AM
The problem here is the crappy infrastructure. Power lines should be buried In the ground like in other countries. Substations should never have to be shut down due to risk of flooding. This whole setup was not built correctly from the beginning. The power grid is way too fragile. I understand why it was built this way. It creates jobs for the power companies. Not good for the consumer. Now we are facing another wind storm tomorrow and I guarantee you that it's going to result in more power outages.
Richard Dean November 07, 2012 at 11:44 AM
Sure it is a great idea to put all of the wies underground. It's very easy to do unless it is a rocky area like much of northern New Jersey then it becomes much more expensive which means higher rates and when they do rupture the average outage isn't just an hour or two but many hours and even days.
Jen Bauman November 07, 2012 at 11:56 AM
It's Mother Nature people! The great humbler. Calm down - no heat and hot water and lights suck - I agree. It's hard for everyone. But let's be productive and donate your free time to a shelter where there are people who are worse off than you. God spared your life - enjoy it. My grandparents are probably rolling over in their graves, wondering why so many people w/so much complain and whine so much. My 5 year old doesn't whine as much! Stay safe and be well!
Edge river November 07, 2012 at 12:27 PM
The power, phone and cable lines can be buried in the ground just like the gas lines. If you visit any European city or suburb you will see what I mean. Overseas, people laugh at us when they see the way the utility companies deliver power, phone and cable to our households from pole to pole. All you need is one tree falling down and the entire neighborhood is out of service. The utility companies took the easy way out installing all the lines up in the air. It guarantees work for them as well. This is why your power is out for 10 days. Put the utility lines in the ground, pay a little more and you won't have these frequent outages every times the wind blows too hard.
Parsippany Taxpayer November 07, 2012 at 04:11 PM
Coming from someone with power -- if you didn't your 5 yo would be driving you crazy by now. Hard to be productive while you are either paying out the nose for loding and food and trying to keep your pipes from freezing and trying to manage out of a hotel room. Love people with an opinion who haven't truly experienced the hardship people are going while big business that is only concerned with the shareholders at their public company (JCP&L) haven't been trimming the trees or maintaining the infrastructure for years so the magnitude of this is more severe and their biggest concern is shareholder losses not how much this is costing the average small business owner or homeowner or elderly people and families with small children. Jen -- you go donate your time while those paid top do a job don't do it.
Parsippany Taxpayer November 07, 2012 at 04:13 PM
Edge is right burying the cables is the answer but we like to take the absent minded short term approach to everything in our country. Maximize profits and kick the can down the road for someone else to deal with. The American philosophy that we live by in this once great country of ours.
ks November 07, 2012 at 05:32 PM
they cleared lines in hopatcong all summer to no avail......still no power and not 1 electric truck seen
eddie November 07, 2012 at 07:34 PM
Everybody needs to stop complaining and just deal with it. If you're cold, get a blanket and put more clothes on. Your bitching and whining isn't helping. Take your panties off and be men.
eddie November 07, 2012 at 07:36 PM
Everybody needs to stop complaining and just deal with it. If you're cold, get a blanket and put more clothes on. Your b*tching and whining isn't helping. Take your panties off and be men.
Edge river November 08, 2012 at 04:16 AM
Eddie. This is more of a bigger issue. The utility companies need look at their crappy, fragile infrastructure and find ways to minimize outages moving forward. You shouldn't be losing power to your home just because the wind blows a little too hard or due to snow / rain. Burying the cables in the ground is one option. The consumer will have to pay for this but it will be worth the investment. I realized years ago that this crappy utility setup was too unreliable. My house is on generator backup as soon as the power goes out. People shouldn't have to be worrying about the power going out every time a storm hits. Long term solutions have to be put in place. In the meantime, you can put more clothes on to keep warm.
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