winter weather advisory

winter weather advisoryMIDDLETOWN, NJ – The winter storm is predicted to begin late this evening, bringing significant snow, strong winds and coastal flooding to the area. Blizzard and coastal flood warnings are in effect.

Please avoid travel if at all possible. During the storm, the township’s priority is to keep primary roads open and clear a path for emergency vehicles. Very low visibility and periods of whiteout conditions are expected.

The storm has the potential to bring high wind and heavy precipitation with it. In the event that streets flood, do not drive around barricades or attempt to drive through standing water. Seek alternate routes, said Mercantante. High tides of particular concern include those at 7:00 am and 7:30 pm on Saturday, January 23 and 7:45 am on Sunday. Keep in mind a full moon tide is anticipated this weekend.

Residents in low-lying areas are reminded to move vehicles to higher ground. Residents can park vehicles at the Middletown train station.

Closures and Cancellations


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  • Township garbage and recycling is canceled for Sat, Jan 23. Zone I Recycling will be collected on Monday, January 25th. Garbage will be picked up on the next regularly scheduled day
  • The Rabies Clinic scheduled for Sat, Jan 23 is cancelled and will be rescheduled.
  • The Middletown Arts Center is closed on Saturday, January 23rd.
  • The Middletown Library is closed on Saturday, January 23rd.
  • All permits held for the Croydon Hall Gym on Saturday, Jan. 23 and Sunday, Jan 24 are cancelled.
  • All classes scheduled at the Tonya Keller Community Center are cancelled including Yoga Stretch and Group Training
  • The Middletown Library is closed on Saturday, January 23rd.  
  • The Alliance Flap Jack Fundraiser scheduled for Sat, January 23rd is cancelled and will be rescheduled

Snow Regulations and Snow Removal

The Township will be using more than 150 pieces of equipment to clear roads. Fire and First Aid Stations are ready for emergency response. Township crews are pre-treating roads with brine, salt and sand.

All emergency personnel are on standby as the storm advances. The Police Department has augmented its staff for emergency response.  Storm and plow updates will be posted to the township website.

Please assist the Public Works Department in clearing snow from roadways by moving cars off the streets wherever possible. Also, please do not plow or push snow back onto already cleared streets. Take note that already plowed roads may become covered again due to drifting snow. Thank you for your patience and your cooperation as we work continuously through this storm.

Call 911 for emergencies. To report power outages call JCP&L at 1-888-LIGHTSS (1-888-544-4877). Call 732-615-2000 for non-life threatening snow-related hazards.

Power Outages
To report power outages call 1-888-LIGHTSS (1-888-544-4877) or visit the JCP&L 24/7 Power Center. Customers can also obtain a summary of any current outages affecting their town by clicking on the “MyTown” link on the JCP&L 24/7 Power Center outage maps page. The MyTown pages can be accessed at www.firstenergycorp.com/mytown.

Generator Safety Tips

Downed utility lines, power company blackouts and heavy snow falls can all lead to power outages. Be sure to keep the following safety tips in mind. Call Fire Marshall Buddy Skelly at 732-615-2270 for more information

  • Generators must be placed at least 20 feet away from any habitable structure when they are used for safety reasons.
  • Generators should be operated in well ventilated locations outdoors away from all doors, windows and vent openings.  ‘
  • Never use a generator in an attached garage, even with the door open.
  • Place generators so that exhaust fumes can’t enter the home through windows, doors or other openings in the building.
  • Make sure to install carbon monoxide (CO) alarms in your home. Follow manufacturer’s instructions for correct placement and mounting height.
  • Turn off generators and let them cool down before refueling. Never refuel a generator while it is running.
  • It is a good idea to have extra fuel on hand. Be sure to store fuel for the generator in a container that is intended for the purpose and is correctly labeled as such. Store the containers outside of living areas.

 


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