August 28, 8:15 am: According to the First Energy Corp. website, more than 48,000 Morris County residents, including more than 16,000 in Morristown, are without power as of this writing.
The Morris County Office of Emergency Management posted this advisory about the outage on its blog this morning at 7:58 am: “Morristown residents: Please be advised that the power outage you are experiencing may be a lengthy one. As we have more information, we’ll post updates here.” UPDATE: A Nixle alert posted at 8:25 am says that “Morristown is having town wide power outage due to failure at JCP&L substation. Expect no power for extended period.”
Also, according to the MCOEM blog, the only access to St. Clare’s Hospital in Denville is via Route 80 East & West, Exit 37; then take Morris Ave to Diamond Spring Road.
Flooding is widespread across the county, and notices are posted at the blog as they come in.
Finally, the MCOEM has just listed the locations of available shelters in several Morris County towns, including Boonton, Denville Township, Dover, Lincoln Park, Morristown, Parsippany, Pequannock, Riverdale, and Washington Township.
A note at the listing for Morristown reads: “The American Red Cross is advising that the Morristown Shelter, which is located at Morristown High School, 50 Early Street, is now operational. ”
There was a mandatory evacuation last night for Denville residents living on several streets, including Riverside Drive East, Riverside Drive West, Second Avenue, Third Avenue, Hinchman Avenue, Snyder, Woodland Avenue and River Road.