Time will tell if the Morristown area can get all of its residents and business' power back up before another storm is expected to arrive by the middle of this week.
Just under 70,000 JCP&L customers remained without power in Morris County early Monday afternoon, with Morristown reporting 19 percent still without power (1,839 households), 38 percent in Morris Township (3,309) and 33 percent in Morris Plains (802). Although cold comfort for those still waiting for electricity to come back, they are significant changes from just after Hurricane Sandy's arrival last week, .
In addition to remaining outages, all but one Halloween event some had hoped could be rescheduled for Monday remained cancelled for Morris Township, Morris Plains and Morristown. The only Halloween event still happening was the "Trick or Treat in Downtown Morristown" event, set for 3 to 5 p.m. Monday.
"We're watching the storm very closely," Township Business Administrator Tim Quinn said. "We're working with our Office of Emergency Management and county OEM to try and determine what we're going to need."
As of Monday, rain and wind are expected to come to this area as a result of the Nor'Easter. With that, "more trees could come down, meaning additional loss of power," Quinn said.
Only a few roads remained closed off in the township as of Monday, including Picatinny Road and Bailey Hollow Road. In Morristown, only Paula Court, Jardine Road and Farrelly Place remained closed.
The township presently is making sure streams are cleared for any potential damming issues, as they did prior to Sandy's arrival.
Meanwhile, "we're trying to get as many people as we can back on," he said. "It's been a slow process."