Morristown police: Avoid travel for now, March 8; thousands without power across area

Nor'easter on South Street: Plow battles storm, March 7, 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Nor'easter on South Street: Plow battles storm, March 7, 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
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Morristown police are advising motorists to avoid travel through town if they can this morning, Thursday, March 8, 2018, as crews deal with the aftermath of Wednesday’s nor’easter.

“Multiple streets are impassable at this time due to trees and power lines being down. Travel will be difficulty as cleanup continues. Heavy traffic and delays should be expected throughout town during the morning hours. It is strongly suggested downtown be avoided to facilitate clean up operations,” police said in a statement.

Across Greater Morristown, meanwhile, many residents have no electricity as they dig out fro the massive storm.

More than 3,300 customers of Jersey Central Power & Light are without power in the Morris Township, according to municipal officials, who do not have an estimated restoration time.

Nearly 1,300 customers are out in Morristown, and 192 outages are reported in Morris Plains, where borough offices, schools and the Community Center are closed and garbage pickups are cancelled on Thursday.

Nearly 2,400 customers are out in Randolph, and almost 1,900 are without electricity in the Mendhams.

In Morris Township, warming and charging centers are open at the Mount Kemble firehouse, 1 Spring Brook Road;  Fairchild firehouse, 2 Burnham Road, and the Municipal Building, 50 Woodland Ave.

The Morristown Fire Station on Speedwell Avenue also is open as a warming/ recharging center.

Everyone is reminded to avoid downed power lines and report outages to 1-888-LIGHTSS or here.

Morristown street closures as of 7 am:

  • Southbound lanes of Speedwell Avenue near Speedwell Lake
  • Abbett Avenue
  • Valley View
  • Early Street between Mill Street – Colonial 
  • Kenmuir
  • Colonial near Washington Street
  • Colles Avenue
  • Lincoln Street
  • Walker between Ralph – Lake Road
  • Cobb
  • Lake Road
  • Olyphant Drive
  • Franklin Street near Madison Avenue
  • Rosemilt at end
  • Oak Lane
  • Garden Street
  • George
  • Cottage
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