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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 . 

 

 

 

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 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 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 . 

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. 

First report:

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.

Teaneck_Resident October 30, 2011 at 12:42 AM
west englewood ave between river road and jefferson is closed.
Teaneck_Resident October 30, 2011 at 02:01 AM
here's somewhat of an update. i called pseg, went through the prompts. the automated system then attempted to connect me to a person. once that happens thier line goes busy.
Noah Cohen October 30, 2011 at 02:09 AM
The number of customers out in Teaneck hasn't changed since the last update, according to PSE&G's map. Here's another way PSE&G says customers can get outage information: "Customers with a handheld device, or who are at an alternate location with power, can also report power outages and view the status of their outage by logging in to My Account at pseg.com."
Teaneck_Resident October 30, 2011 at 02:31 AM
i don't think the outage numbers will drop until pseg's crews start working which probably won't be until sometime sunday. i hate to be so blunt but i don't think pseg really cares if people are out of power and cold. they are more worried about not ha ing to pay any crews overtime so i would not be suprised if we don't have power back until tuesday or wednesday. maybe it's time to call pseg to a township meeting and have them answer to the public?
JamesTS October 30, 2011 at 02:34 AM
i am without power and emailing this from my blackberry... Pseg has told me nothing and the lines are busy..i see nothing on the website, no communications from them at all besides these general statements to the press. this company really gets away with murder!! Teaneck resident is right. they do not care about us!
Teaneck_Resident October 30, 2011 at 03:12 AM
jamests, the problem is that they are the only game in town when it comes to repairing the lines. so they could care less. however, if we as a community and the township drags pseg to a township meeting, and by pseg i mean the ceo, not some representatives and we keep ripping into them then maybe we will get some results. what we can't do is forget about this once the power comes back on. we need to start hasseling them and stay on them until they fix things. i've been in teaneck for ten years and since the march 13th noreaster two years ago our power has been very unreliable. folks....it's time we started beating down on pseg's doors.
Teaneck_Resident October 30, 2011 at 03:15 AM
honestly folks, either we beat pseg down hard or nothing will change. the question is are you with me on this? one guy isn't going to amke a difference but a whole township can make some serious noise.
Teaneck_Resident October 30, 2011 at 03:17 AM
Noah, thank you for keeping us updated on the pseg issue.
Teaneck_Resident October 30, 2011 at 03:22 AM
by the way folks we have had much worse stroms than this.....don't let pseg fool you into thinking it was some sort of monster storm. sure a few tree limbs went down, but shouldn't pseg be cutting limbs that hang over powerlines? if not then it's time for homeowners, townships and businesses to be held responsible for trimming the over hanging branches, over grown trees or they be given the clean tab for the damage.
Teaneck_Resident October 30, 2011 at 11:09 AM
i just tried calling pseg, thier line is still busy. it's obvious they turned off thier phones.
Pamara October 30, 2011 at 12:46 PM
To get this problem fixed permanently Pseg needs to bury the lines under ground. It's an investment they're not going to mark unless we collectively force them. .
Teaneck_Resident October 30, 2011 at 01:28 PM
thier automated syatem just said that our power has been reatored.
Teaneck_Resident October 30, 2011 at 01:29 PM
i agree that we will have to force to make the investment. i'm if everyone elae is.
Teaneck_Resident October 30, 2011 at 02:01 PM
the online system also says our power has been restored and to call pseg. if you call them you can't get through. nice way of them saying "we don't care". by the way i drove trhough bogota and ridgefield park and they have power,once you enter Teaneck it looks like a war zone. i think it's time to start cutting down all these over grown trees.
Teaneck_Resident October 30, 2011 at 04:27 PM
we finally go through to pseg. the person we spoke with insisted that teaneck has power. only now after afightting with them does thier message state that power will be restored by 11pm wednesday.
Teaneck_Resident October 30, 2011 at 05:31 PM
quick update, pseg's automated system once again stated that there is no power outage in teaneck. this shows how clueless they are.
Bizzy Bee October 30, 2011 at 07:16 PM
power restored on brinkerhoff ave, 3:00pm Sunday! wow, that was quick
Teaneck_Resident October 31, 2011 at 03:08 AM
still dark on ogden ave and the surrounding area. old peole are cold and i'm playing bucket bridage for them so that the water does not spill out of thier sumps and into thier basements. i'm freaking exhausted but won't atop helping them. pseg you suck, plain and simple. i hope those at pseg die a painful death for this. FU PSEG.
Teaneck_Resident October 31, 2011 at 03:11 AM
pulling buckets of water out of sumps sucks. my back and shoulders are shot but at least my elderly neighbors know someone cares, unlike some utiltiy compnay we all know. so far i ate two slices of pizza since this morning.
DMAB6395 October 31, 2011 at 03:31 PM
Over here on Maple Ave we got power back yesterday around 3pm. We lent our generator to a friend over in Bergenfield who is still without power.
DMAB6395 October 31, 2011 at 03:33 PM
I totally agree with you. I have so many huge old trees around here it's so bad we had (thank God none fell on anyone's house) 2 in my neighbor's backyard he had one in his front yard and next door on the other side he had one down in his front yard. It's time to get rid of these old rotten trees and plant new one.
Teaneck_Resident October 31, 2011 at 04:47 PM
well i saw some pseg vehicles, they were all those "worry free" service vans. I guess we know what PSEG is up to. forget restoring power, just go bill people and makw money.
David Zatz October 31, 2011 at 07:16 PM
The appliance guys are probably fixing broken heaters - they can't fix power lines.
B@B November 01, 2011 at 01:31 PM
Does anyone know if the HealthNet Urgent care building on Cedar Lane is open?
Teaneck_Resident November 02, 2011 at 12:57 PM
Maybe so but it looks bad as crap for PSEG. Perhaps they should have re-routed those guys to at least assist the crews with clearing stuff?
Teaneck_Resident November 02, 2011 at 12:59 PM
Ok folks, so now that people are slowly getting power back, cleaning up and getitng life back to normal are we pressing forward with putitng PSEG on the spot and getting answers to thier less than below average response and solutions for the next outage or re we going to let this die?
Charelle Wilson Hanley November 02, 2011 at 03:54 PM
I think the only long term solution to this is to put the power lines under ground. It's got to be done! All the money that is spent in overtime working to repair the lines in the storm and other expenses would be eradicated if they put the lines below ground. They would be safer there for everyone, protected from any storm that goes through and easy to get to once there. It seems like the only sane way to address this situation. It's not like to technology isn't there... A cost evaluation needs to be prepared to get it done. I think the citizens can make a judgment if they want to pay for it or not and decide how they will pay for it if it is an option. Mayor H. will you and your Counsel Members look into this? There is probably a company or two that specializes in just that... I'll look into it myself and get back to you ASAP if you would like...
J November 02, 2012 at 01:39 AM
Why isn't the town providing timely updates on our situation and only get a few statements via this blog? Who has power in Teaneck - residents on the border of Bergenfield? Why are they a priority over the area by Teaneck high where there are still streets blocked by trees and power lines - who will let their kids walk to school in that danger zone
Noah Cohen November 02, 2012 at 01:43 AM
J, This article is a year old from the snowstorm of 2011. For the latest news updates from Patch, please visit the main page at teaneck.patch.com and sign up for news alerts here: teaneck.patch.com/newsletters. We have reporters everywhere from Teaneck to Toms River to Hoboken. We have a story from Christie's press conference today and the latest local closures in Teaneck. Teaneck's official alert system is also available here: http://www.teanecknj.gov/index.cfm?fuseaction=home.subscriptions
J November 02, 2012 at 02:02 AM
Thanks - then why is it showing up as a related story on your main page -

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