UPDATE: PSE&G Says Majority of Customers Should Have Power by Thursday
Thousands without power in Teaneck
UPDATE 8 p.m. Tuesday: All Teaneck Public Schools will be closed Wednesday, the district said on its website.
UPDATE 4:40 p.m. Monday: PSE&G said it expects to meet a state goal of having at least 95 percent of customers restored by Thursday, according to a company statement. The latest estimate comes after the company had said customers would largely be restored by Wednesday.
"Counties most affected include Bergen, Essex and Passaic due to the extensive amount of tree and power line damage," the statement said.
Crews have been brought in from as far away as Mississippi to help, the company said.
Specific outage information on Teaneck was not immediately available. Wires and tree limbs were still down around town.
State Police said the storm played a role in the death of a Teaneck resident over the weekend.
UPDATE 7:45 p.m. Sunday: PSE&G is reporting between 5,000 and 10,000 customers without power in Teaneck. Power has been restored to some areas, including a section of Cedar Lane, but widespread outages are still impacting the town.
Teaneck Public Schools are closed Monday due to the storm, the district said. Updates on Tuesday's schedule will be posted on the district website.
A shelter has been opened at FDU's Rothman Center in Hackensack, county officials said.
"DPW crews have been working around the clock to remove downed trees and branches from primary, secondary and tertiary roadways. The complete clean-up of the township will take several weeks to accomplish," Township Manager William Broughton said in an emailed statement Sunday.
Mayor Mohammed Hameeduddin has expressed frustration with the lack of communication and coordination from PSE&G.
About 268,000 PSE&G customers are without power, the company said in a statement. Service has been restored to another 268,000 since Saturday night.
UPDATE 11:30 a.m. Sunday: Thousands of Teaneck customers remain without power Sunday morning, according to PSE&G's latest outage map.
Emergency services are still dealing with storm-related calls, and roads across town are blocked. Many local stores have also been forced to close.
About 271,000 PSE&G customers are without power as of late Sunday morning, the company said in a statement.
Electricity could be out until Wednesday, PSE&G said.
"Crews have been working through the night and will be receiving assistance from other utilities and contractors," the statement said.
UPDATE 11:40 p.m. Saturday:
Power might not be restored for all customers until Wednesday, PSE&G said late Saturday.
In a statement, the utility company said Bergen County was one of the areas hardest hit by the weekend’s early season snowstorm. About 341,000 total customers were without power across the company’s service area.
PSE&G’s outage map continued to show at least 10,000 customers without power in Teaneck.
UPDATE 8:15 p.m. Saturday:
Gov. Chris Christie has declared a state of emergency, but state police said there was no immediate travel ban.
In Teaneck, authorities said they were dealing with downed wires, fallen tree limbs and widespread power outages Saturday night. PSE&G would not release local outage information, but its outage map showed at least 10,000 customers without power in town.
The township has also declared a snow emergency, restricting on-street parking except in designated areas, police said.
There were several minor traffic accidents, but police said the weather hasn’t caused any serious incidents or injuries. Emergency services remained busy throughout the day with calls for wires down and fallen trees.
PSE&G upped its total number of customers without power to about 350,000, with hardest hit areas in northern and central counties, the company said in a statement. The utility warned that customers should prepare for potentially lengthy outages.
"Crews will begin to restore service once the weather conditions improve and it is safe to work on overhead electric lines. The snow and fallen trees have made traveling treacherous," a company statement said.
Large portions of Teaneck, including Cedar Lane and Teaneck Road, were in the dark.
Snow was expected to continue before 3 a.m. Sunday, the National Weather Service said.
UPDATE 4:49 p.m. Saturday:
Large portions of Teaneck were without power Saturday as township emergency services continued to deal with downed tree limbs and wires from an early season snowstorm.
PSE&G was reporting up to 10,000 Teaneck customers in the dark, giving the township the largest amount of reported outages in Bergen County, according to the utility company’s outage map.
About 200,000 PSE&G customers were without power as of 4:30 p.m., PSE&G said in an emailed statement.
Customers should be prepared for “potentially lengthy” outages, the statement said. Crews have to wait for weather conditions to improve before repairs can begin, the statement said.
A company spokesperson did not immediately return a call for comment, but a recorded message on the company’s media line said extra crews were called in.
Numerous local roads were impassable and traffic lights were out at major intersections, including River Road and New Bridge. State Police said the right eastbound local lane of Route 80 was blocked by a downed wire in Teaneck.
The full forecast from the National Weather Service is below:
Late Afternoon: Snow. The snow could be heavy at times. Some thunder is also possible. Steady temperature around 32. North wind around 16 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. Total daytime snow accumulation of 3 to 7 inches possible.
Tonight: Snow, mainly before 3am. The snow could be heavy at times. Some thunder is also possible. Low around 28. Blustery, with a north wind between 20 and 23 mph, with gusts as high as 55 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 3 to 7 inches possible.
Sunday: Mostly cloudy through mid morning, then gradual clearing, with a high near 45. North wind between 13 and 15 mph, with gusts as high as 38 mph.
Sunday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 26. North wind around 6 mph becoming calm.
UPDATE 2:40 p.m. PSE&G is reporting between 5,000 and 10,000 people without power in Teaneck, according to the company's outage map.
A company spokeswoman could not provide specific details on outages in Teaneck Saturday morning.
Firefighters were responding to numerous reports of downed wires and tree limbs around town. Traffic lights at some major intersections, including River Road and New Bridge, were out.
Snowfall is expected to continue mainly before 3 a.m. Sunday, according to the National Weather Service. Wind gusts of up to 25 mph are possible Saturday afternoon, with gusts reaching 43 mph forecasted to hit Saturday night. Thunder and heavy snow could also hit, the weather service reported.
According to a Winter Storm Warning issued Saturday afternoon, 8 to 12 inches of snow could fall on the area.
UPDATE 2 p.m. Saturday: Falling tree limbs and power outages are being reported across Teaneck as snow continues to fall on the area.
An early snowstorm began hitting Teaneck Saturday morning, causing traffic slowdowns on area roads and some power outages.
The National Weather Service predicted a “historic early season snowstorm” for Northeast New Jersey, as well as the Lower Hudson Valley and Southern Connecticut. A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for the area through 2 a.m. Sunday, the weather service said.
According to the advisory, 3 to 7 inches of snow are possible in eastern Bergen County.
Teaneck Police said no major weather-related incidents had been reported, but authorities were dealing reports of downed tree limbs and house alarms going off.
A traffic light was out at River Road and Northumberland Road, and police said there were some reports of power outages around town.
A PSE&G spokeswoman said 6,500 of the company's customers were without power, but could not provide specific information on outages in Teaneck.
The state Department of Transportation reported weather-related delays on Route 4, near Teaneck Road, as of 12:30 p.m. Saturday.
A 45 mph speed restriction was issued for the New Jersey Turnpike from the Delaware Memorial Bridge to the George Washington Bridge.
Motorists on Teaneck Road were taking it slow, and no serious accidents have been reported. DPW crews were seen out in Teaneck.
Check back for updates.
The full forecast for Teaneck from the National Weather Service:
Saturday Afternoon: Rain and snow. Some thunder is also possible. High near 43. North wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. Total daytime snow accumulation of around an inch possible.
Saturday Night: Snow, mainly before 2am. Some thunder is also possible. Low around 33. Breezy, with a north wind between 15 and 20 mph, with gusts as high as 43 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of 3 to 5 inches possible.
Sunday: Mostly cloudy through mid morning, then gradual clearing, with a high near 45. North wind around 14 mph.
Sunday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 29. North wind between 3 and 7 mph.