Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Electric Company official says Hurricane Sandy 'similar but a much more serious storm than Irene.'
Nearly 150,000 PSE&G customers in Essex County are still without power Wednesday morning after what officials called a "painstaking" restoration process. Power has been restored to large parts of Newark, including Newark International Liberty Airport, Elizabeth and parts of Jersey City. Newark likely experienced the brunt of outages, with 95 percent of the city dark Tuesday. That number has dropped to 35 percent, with an assessment of substations continuing Wednesday. "We have an enormous amount of work ahead of us," said Ralph Izzo, chairman and chief executive officer of PSE&G. Hurricane Sandy, said another PSE&G official, was "similar but a much more serious storm than Irene." There were more than 255,000 Essex County PSE&G customers…
Saturday, October 27, 2012
West Orange facility open to residents, pets beginning Sunday 7 p.m.
Saturday, October 27, 2012
Essex County Codey Arena in West Orange will open as a relief center beginning Sunday 7 p.m. for residents during Hurricane Sandy, county officials announced. Essex County and the American Red Cross will provide bedding and water those who lose power or need to reach a safe place during the storm, expected to make landfall in New Jersey late Monday. Accommodations for pets will be provided at Codey Arena. All activities at the arena have been canceled and Essex County Turtle Back Zoo will be closed on Monday and Tuesday of next week. The Essex County Parks System will close park roadways beginning Sunday at 7 p.m. as a precautionary measure to protect motorists and pedestrians from fallen trees. "Weather forecasters are predicting that New…
Friday, October 26, 2012
'Frankenstorm' has potential to even bring snow to higher elevations.
No two storms are alike, and Hurricane Sandy is as unique as they come, according to one meteorologist. As the late October hurricane continued to wind its way through the Caribbean Friday morning, already leaving 22 dead in its wake, the National Weather Service says Sandy will begin to impact northern New Jersey late Monday into Tuesday. Hurricane Sandy’s track is still on target to batter portions of the mid-Atlantic, according to meteorologist David Stark, but will likely be most damaging in Delaware and Southern New Jersey. “Points north and west (of Delaware and southern New Jersey) will feel the northern side of the storm,” Stark said. “That includes tropical storm winds, but it could be sustained for a longer period of time due to …
Friday, August 26, 2011
Make sure your belongings and financial documents are protected
Not to press the panic button, but with Hurricane Irene on the way, and after the earthquake earlier this week, some people’s thoughts are turning to emergency home preparedness. One important step people can take is safeguarding their financial records. The Internal Revenue Service suggests a few ways individuals can make sure their documents are backed up and secure in the event of an emergency. Finally, if your financial documents are lost in the event of a federally declared disaster, the IRS will provide copies or transcripts of previously filed tax returns free of charge. Submit Form 4506, Request for Copy of Tax Return, or Form 4506-T, Request for Transcript of Tax Return. Clearly indicate the official name of the disaster in …
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
August is about to get wetter as strong storm closes in.
Keep those mops handy: A wet August is about to get even wetter. And along the Jersey shore, you better batten down the hatches. Jersey shore towns are bracing for Irene, the hurricane expected to hit landfall in New England sometime this weekend. It’s too early to tell just how close to New Jersey it will pass, says state Climatologist Dr. David Robinson. But “it remains a formidable threat to our state come mid to late weekend.” August already ranks among the wettest months on record. Even if not another drop would fall, this month would rank as the 7th wettest since records began in 1895 and the wettest in 40 years, Robinson said. The statewide average monthly precipitation (PCP) is already 8.66 inches. The wettest August on record …