Utility crews made good progress in Morristown overnight, but many homes in Morris Township awoke to dark, chilly homes on Saturday in the wake of the nor’easter that knocked down power lines across Morris County.
There was no estimate of when power will be restored.
“We’re continuing to assess the damage and make sure everyone’s safe, and then do repairs,” said Ron Morano of Jersey Central Power & Light. “This was a very large storm that did incredible damage.”
Some 210,000 JCP&L customers remained without power on Saturday morning, he said. Overnight, 75,000 were restored.
On Saturday in Morristown, 450 customers were out, down from nearly 2,500 on Friday.
In Morris Township, 2,200 customers remained out, down from, 2,652. In Morris Plains, 260 customers still lacked electricity.
“Thank God it’s not below zero,” said Mayor Tim Dougherty, whose home lost power overnight.
He said the Morristown fire house at 161 Speedwell Ave. will remain open as a warming and charging station for residents.
The Morris Plains Community Center, at 51 Jim Fear Drive, will serve the same function during the day on Saturday and Sunday.
In Morris Township, the municipal building on Woodland Avenue will be open for residents on Saturday, and the Mt. Kemble fire station will be open all night, said Township Mayor Peter Mancuso.
“Thank God no trees fell onto homes,” said Mancuso, who observed a tree across Powderhorn Lane, enmeshed in electrical lines.
Critical care facilities were restored first, Mancuso said, noting that Morristown Medical Center is in good shape.
He said JCP&L usually draws emergency crews from southern states, but this time those crews had their hands full with damage where they were.
Dougherty advised pedestrians to use caution, as occasional gusts of wind still could knock down branches.
The Morristown & Township Library in Morristown also has phone charging stations for public use.