Outages Remain, Morris Twp. Officials Ask for 'Patience'
Warming and charging stations open through the weekend, Mennen Arena shelter now pet friendly.
About 1,100 Morris Township outages are expected to be restored this weekend, the Township Committee said in a statement released Friday night.
According to the statement, approximately 4,800 Morris Township residents remained without power Friday evening. However, JCP&L told town officials about 1,100 of those customers should expect power this weekend, the statement said.
"JCP&L has stated to us that they expect restoration by Nov. 7 unless it is an especially hard hit area," the statement read.
JCP&L did not release the street list with estimated time of restoration as of Friday night, the statement said. When it is released, the restoration schedule will be posted on Patch as well as on the town website, through Municipal Messenger, at Town Hall, police headquarters and the five fire departments.
"We ask for you patience during the recovery phase and we will continue working with JCP&L to get power back for the residents and businesses of the Township as soon as possible," the statement said.
While a number of trees and wires have been cleared from streets by the Morris Township Department of Public Works, trees that are entangled in electric wires need to be removed by JCP&L's forestry division, the statement said.
The Morris Township Municipal Building remains the primary warming center. It is also a charging center and has Wi-Fi access. The center will remain open through the weekend from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The township's five fire houses are also open to charge devices.
The Red Cross has also established a shelter and a location for a hot shower at Mennen Arena. The township asks you bring your own sleeping bags and blankets. Caged pets are now allowed at the shelter as well.
The general election on Tuesday will proceed as scheduled, the statement said. Generators will be supplied if necessary, the statement said.
Damage at Jefferson School has forced Morristown's 4th Ward, districts 2 and 3, to be moved to Town Hall on Tuesday.
More than 2,000 Morristown JCP&L customers remained without power late Friday night, while approximately 1,300 Morris Plains customers were still in the dark, according to the utility company's outage map.