Morristown police: Be ready for heavy rains, falling trees through Dec. 21

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The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch from Thursday evening, Dec. 20, 2018, to Friday night, Dec. 21.

Heavy rains could loosen tree roots, causing trees to topple and bring down power lines, caution the Morristown police. Here’s more:

From the Morristown Police:

Severe Weather Forecast

Thursday, Dec. 20 – Friday, Dec. 21, 2018

Heavy rain and wind are expected in our area on the evening of Thursday, Dec. 20th through the evening of Friday, Dec. 21st. Residents are urged to exercise caution when going outside. The ground will be softened due to the rain and warmer temperatures, making for dangerous conditions for trees to fall during heavy winds.

In the event of severe weather, please report downed wires to your utility or the Morristown police or fire department at 973-538-2200.

Never go near a downed power line, even if they think it is no longer carrying electricity. Extra caution should be used in areas where downed lines are tangled in trees or other debris. Motorists are cautioned to treat intersections with inoperable traffic signals as four-way stops. 

Prepare for the possibility of outages:

• Keep electronic devices such as cell phones, laptops and tablet computers fully charged to be ready for any emergencies. 
• Keep a flashlight, portable radio and extra batteries handy in the event a power interruption occurs. Tune to a local station for current storm information. 
• Never use a portable generator inside the house or a closed garage in the event of a power outage. Ensure the proper generator is selected and installed by a qualified electrician. When operating a generator, the power coming into the home should always be disconnected. Otherwise, power from the generator could be sent back onto the utility lines, creating a hazardous situation for utility workers.
• Gather extra blankets or a sleeping bag for each person. Do not use gas stoves, kerosene heaters or other open-flame heat sources to prevent deadly carbon monoxide gas from building up in your home. 
• If you have a water well and pump, keep an emergency supply of bottled water and/or fill your bathtub with fresh water. 
• Stock an emergency supply of convenience foods that do not require cooking. 
• Mobile phones can be charged in your vehicle using a car charger when the power is out. If you have a smart phone, this will ensure you have access to online information sources.
• Keep updated with local news on advancement of storm 
• Have enough food and water for min of 3 days
• Ensure that you have any needed prescriptions refilled.
• Make sure all smoke/CO detectors/flashlights have fresh batteries in them in case of power outages.
• Make sure you have fuel for any type of generator.
• Have a first aid kit in your home.
• Secure or put away outdoor furniture, garbage cans, toys etc.
• Recommend to fuel your vehicle.
• HIGHLY recommend that all residents stay in their home during the storm

Important Numbers

• Without Power? Call JCP&L at 1-888-LIGHTSS (1-888-544-4877) to report the outage or click the “Report Outage” link on www.firstenergycorp.com.
• Non-Emergency Police Line 973-538-2200
• Non-Emergency Fire Bureau Line 973-292-6605
• Call 9-1-1 in ALL emergencies

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1 COMMENT

  1. Guess you mean this Friday, Dec. 28th as well. Looking forward to it clearing up by tomorrow. Will keep the emergency numbers handy.

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