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Essex County Declares State of Emergency, PSE&G Poised to Respond

No significant power outages have been reported as of noon Friday, but storm expected to last into early morning Saturday.

No significant power outages have been reported in Essex County a few hours into Friday's Winter Storm, but PSE&G is ready to respond to what could be widespread outages throughout its service area, the utility said in advance of the Nor'easter.

Contractors, including tree crews, are poised and ready and additional supplies, such as poles, transformer and other equipment, are on hand, PSE&G said.

The Nor’easter could dump more than a foot of snow and bring heavy winds to Essex County, where widespread, long-term outages caused by Superstorm Sandy are still fresh on many residents’ minds.

Essex County has declared a state of emergency, according to the county’s Office of Emergency Management. No parking will be allowed on country roads after 2 p.m. Friday and vehicles left on roads will be towed.

PSE&G said while snow alone does not pose a threat, heavy snow, icing and strong winds increase the likelihood of downed power lines which lead to outages. 

Many Essex residents lost power for a week or more after Sandy. The October storm led to gas shortages and rationing as residents swarmed to stations to top off tanks and fill up gas cans to power generators for their homes.

Power outages should be reported to PSE&G’s Customer Service line at 1-800-436-PSEG as well as www.pseg.com—and not to local police departments. 

In the case of widespread outages, the utilty will use its Twitter account to provide updates.

PSE&G serves 2.2 million electric customers, or three-quarters of the state's population. 

Cj February 08, 2013 at 07:05 PM
I think I am the only one that thinks PSEG did a good job during Sandy. I honestly thought it could be weeks rather the A week.
Luis R February 09, 2013 at 03:52 AM
This people get paid by the hour so they are not concerned about your needs, rather they worry about how much money they can accumulate by working a bit slower. So don't you think they are all that.
D-Zone February 09, 2013 at 04:50 AM
Considering the circumstances of excessive development. I too believe PSE&G did a heck of a job. Also, it dawned on me; manufacturers gas furnaces have ignitors (no fault of PSE&G).
FRL February 09, 2013 at 12:09 PM
I agree. PSEG did a phenomenal job getting us back on. A few days of not having power pales to comparison to those who lost so much more. Thank you PSEG!
esther February 09, 2013 at 07:14 PM
PSE&G did a great job- and they kept us informed and updated via text, e-mail, or phone. They also had people manning the phones- I think they did a great job under brutal circumstances. Luis, did you ever bother offering the workers a cup of coffee or a cookie? I did and they were some of the nicest people, knowledgable about what they had to do and serious about their work. Next time try it- you get your info first hand and have done a good deed.
A. Newarker February 09, 2013 at 09:22 PM
If PSE&G did a better job of preventive and anticipated management we would never have suffered the magnitude of the disaster in Newark that we did.
D-Zone February 10, 2013 at 04:35 AM
Who would expect municipalities throughout NJ to develop as quickly as they had on old infrastructures. No utility company can keep up at that pace. If anyone noticed, PSE&G is installing new poles well above the trees. You know as well as know, Newark was seriously hurting & in dire need of demolition & redevelopment! Recently, I noticed this in certain areas of Central & the South Wards.
Alice Hastings February 10, 2013 at 10:32 PM
We were so very grateful that the power remained on.

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