Power’s back, schools delayed across NJ as nor’easter winds down
TRENTON -- As the nor'easter winds down, commuters will still find flooding conditions on the roads but a good ride on the rails.
New Jersey Transit reported that service on the Northeast Corridor is back to normal on Tuesday after a horrendous commute on Monday afternoon thanks to a fallen power line in Linden. Service was suspended at the start of the afternoon commute on the Northeast Corridor and the North Jersey Coast Line, but was restored by 5 p.m.
A switch in Linden lost power, forcing trains to move at a near-crawl through the area, which created more delays. NJ Transit combined trains and switched the status of local and express trains, angering many wet and cold commuters.
NJ Transit's Atlantic City Rail Line, however, remains suspended between Philadelphia 30th Street station and Cherry Hill, due to the Delair Bridge being stuck in the open position. Substitute bus service is being provided between 30th Street station and Cherry Hill. In addition, NJ Transit tickets and passes are being accepted on the PATCO system.
Sea Bright was hard hit by the last high tides which stranded people in their cars, according to a tweet by Sea Bright mayor Dina Long. "Water is high everywhere, roads are closed. The high tide is soon. Based on last night allow two or so more hours for the drain," tweeted the mayor. She said the water was waist high in the middle of her street.
She also praised firefighters for rescuing drivers who got stuck on Ocean Avenue as the tide came in on Tuesday morning.
Several roads in towns on the Jersey Shore still had high standing water at the start of Tuesday's commute, including Route 35 in Point Pleasant Beach and Hazlet, Route 71 in Spring Lake, and Route 72 in Shop Bottom. Bayside Drive was closed in Barnegat as well.
Route 22 though Hillside and Newark also had lanes blocked with water.
Speed is reduced to 35 mph on the Ben Franklin, Commodore Barry and Betsy Ross bridges over the Delaware River.
Many schools delayed the start of classes on Tuesday due to concerns about high standing water and debris in the road slowing buses.
"A very smart move, since there's still a threat for coastal flooding around normal bus stop time on Tuesday morning. Road closures could be a problem too," Townsquare New Jersey Chief Meteorologist Dan Zarrow said.
A few schools in North Jersey delayed the start of classes as well after receiving some snow from the nor'easter.
A total of nearly 5,000 customers remained without power across New Jersey on Tuesday morning, as of 9:40 a.m., including 2.956 Atlantic City Electric customers, 517 JCP&L customers and 1,364 PSE&G customers, according to their respective outage maps.
All three utilities issued warnings to stay away from downed wires, and assume they are live.
"Do not approach or drive over a downed line and do not touch anything it might be in contact with. If a wire falls on or near your car, stay inside the car, call 911, and do not get out until PSE&G de-energizes the line," PSE&G spokeswoman Karen Johnson said in a statement.
JCP&L is offering water and ice at no charge at a number of Acme, ShopRite and Food Circus locations in Monmouth and Ocean counties.
Keep updated through the storm:
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TRAFFIC AND ROADS: Visit NJ1015.com/traffic for current alerts, and download the New Jersey 101.5 app to get notifications as traffic issues pop up. The New Jersey Department of Transportation issues alerts through 511nj.org.
POWER: PSE&G customers: See PSE&G’s power map for outages and report downed trees, gas leaks, other emergencies or outages to 800-436-PSEG. JCP&L customers: See JCP&L’s map for outages. Call in issues to 888-LIGHTSS or report your outage online. Atlantic City Electric customers: See Atlantic City Electric’s map or call 800-833-7476 for any issues.
SCHOOL CLOSINGS: Announcements are updated in real time at NJ1015.com/closings. Are you a school official? You can register your district at the link as well.
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