NJ STATE EOC SITUATION REPORT HIGHLIGHTS 4:00 PM

NEW JERSEY STATE EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTER

SITUATION REPORTS – HIGHLIGHTS

March 6, 2013 – Severe Winter Storm

 

CURRENT SYNOPSIS:

 

The NJROIC and NJOEM are monitoring a severe winter storm event in coordination with the National Weather Service (NWS).  The NJROIC operational level elevated to a Level 2 at 0800 hours this date and NJOEM personnel will be staffing the SEOC.  The SEOC will monitor the event, prepare situation reports and address any resource requests to the State, County, Local and allied agencies throughout the event.  Updates will follow as needed.  NJOEM personnel will staff the SEOC as long as conditions dictate

 

Voluntary evacuations in Toms River, Brick, Mantaloking, Seaside Heights, Lavalette, Ortley Beach, near water-prone, low-level flooding areas.

 

Noon conference call National Weather Service – 1-4 inches of snow expected statewide.  Greatest threat to NJ is coastal flooding, widespread moderate to some majors at high tide Thursday a.m., especially Atlantic, Cape May counties.   Wind gusts to 60 mph through tonight into the a.m.

 

Latest weather:   www.weather.gov/phi

Mass Transit:

 

NJ TRANSIT is taking steps to minimize delays and ensure service reliability and safety during this coastal Winter Storm.  All customers are strongly advised to check njtransit.com before traveling for up-to-the-minute service information before starting their trip.
Cross-Honoring:

To give customers additional travel options during the expected inclement weather conditions, NJ TRANSIT will offer full system wide cross-honoring starting at 1400 hours on Wednesday, March 6, and continuing until the end of the service day Thursday, March 7, enabling NJ TRANSIT customers to use their ticket or pass on an alternate travel mode—rail, bus or light rail, as well as private carrier buses.  For example, customers who normally take the bus from Rutherford to the Port Authority Bus Terminal may use their bus pass on the train from Rutherford to New York Penn Station.  Additionally, customers who normally take the bus between Atlantic City and Lindenwold may use the train instead.

 

The corporation is preparing to minimize disruptions and delays to the extent possible, particularly in light of the potential for high winds and heavy, wet snow that may impact portions of the area starting tomorrow afternoon.  Rail and light rail crews and equipment are on standby to quickly respond to downed trees, power outages or other issues that may arise

 

Customers are advised of the following:

  • Systemwide:  NJ TRANSIT plans to operate a regular weekday schedule Wednesday, March 6, and Thursday, March 7.  Depending on the impact of the storm, it may be necessary for NJ TRANSIT to modify service as conditions change.
  • Bus Service:  While every effort will be made to continue operating bus service throughout the state, customers may experience delays or detours on their routes in the event of extreme winter weather conditions.  Customers are advised to plan accordingly and anticipate disruptions to bus service.

Travel Advice:

  • For the latest travel information, visit njtransit.com or access our Twitter feed at @NJ_TRANSIT prior to starting your trip.  In the event of delays or service adjustments, NJ TRANSIT will provide the most current service information via the My Transit alert system, which delivers travel advisories for your specific trip to your cell phone, PDA or pager (If you are not yet a My Transit subscriber, we encourage you to sign up at www.njtransit.com/mytransit).  Service information is also available by calling (973) 275-5555 or from broadcast traffic reports.
  • Listen closely to public address announcements at stations for late-breaking service information.
  • Build additional travel time into your trip to a station, terminal or bus stop.
  • Stairs, flooring and platforms can be slippery, so please use caution when walking along wet surfaces or any outdoor surface exposed to the weather. Use extra care when boarding or exiting buses and trains.
  • Report slippery or unsafe conditions to bus operators, train crews or NJ TRANSIT staff.
  • If you park, ensure your car is stocked with a snow brush and ice scraper so you can clear your car upon returning to the lot.

 

NJ TRANSIT is prepared to handle the impending winter weather:

 

  • Snow plows and salt spreaders are ready for service and snow-removal contracts are in place with outside vendors.
  • NJ TRANSIT is well-stocked with 16,000 bags of snow-melting supplies, and hundreds of shovels and snow blowers.
  • NJ TRANSIT has performed maintenance and testing on its two rail-mounted jet snow blowers in the event they are needed to help clear train tracks of snow and ice, particularly in rail yards.
  • More than 750 rail switches, switch heaters and overhead wires were inspected as part of NJ TRANSIT’s preventative maintenance program.
  • Onboard heating systems, thermostats, weather stripping and electronic components have been inspected on NJ TRANSIT rail cars, light rail cars and locomotives.
  • Bus maintenance personnel have inspected and performed necessary maintenance on a fleet of nearly 2,200 buses – from the heating and airbrake systems, to the engine fluids, tires, windshield wipers and doors.

 

FAA advises due to weather/wind, there is a Traffic Management Program in effect for traffic arriving Newark International Airport, Newark, NJ (EWR).  This is causing some arriving flights to be delayed an average of 1 hour and 38 minutes.

 

WEATHER FORECAST:

 

www.weather.gov/phi
POWER OUTAGES:

 

 

ACE has 7,500 total customers affected which includes 4,000 in Cape May County and 2,700 in Atlantic County.

 

JCP&L has 2,647 total customers affected which includes 2,090 in Monmouth County and 1,105 in Union County.

 

PSEG has 2,900 total customers affected mostly in Passaic County and Essex County.

 

O&R reports 0 outages.

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