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Storm Preparations August 3

Posted: August 3, 2020

The National Weather Service has issued a tropical storm warning for our area. Tropical storm force winds of 30-40 mph, with gusts to 60 mph are expected Tuesday afternoon. The strong winds are anticipated to last into the evening, and have the potential to lead to the risk of downed trees and power lines. Heavy rain is expected beginning tonight, and continuing through Tuesday evening. Significant amounts of rainfall will likely cause flash flooding.

In the event of power loss, please call JCP&L at 1-888-544-4877 to report the outage, or click “Report Outage” link at the JCP&L website. JCP&L reminds customers to stay away from downed wires, even if they believe they are no longer carrying electricity. Extra caution should be used in areas where downed lines are tangled with trees or other debris. Motorists are cautioned to treat intersections with inoperable traffic signals as four-way stops and never drive through flooded roadways—“turn around, don’t drown.”

Be prepared for power outages, winds, and flooding:

  • Have flashlights and batteries ready
  • Charge cell phones and electronic devices
  • Know where the manual release lever of your electric garage door opener is located and how to use it
  • Purchase ice or freeze water-filled plastic containers to help keep food cold
  • Keep your car’s gas tank full since gas stations rely on electricity to power their pumps
  • If you rely on anything that is battery operated or power dependent, such as a medical device, determine a back-up plan
  • Secure outdoor furniture, planters, umbrellas, etc.
  • Move vehicles to higher ground if possible

For more information and tips on storm preparedness, visit ready.gov.

The township’s contractor, Blue Diamond, will be collecting garbage and recycling as scheduled. However, due to the forecasted weather, collection will begin earlier at 6:00 a.m. to ensure they can get through the route safely. Be sure your garbage and recycling cans are out no later than 6:00 a.m. and adequately secure the materials inside the container. Emptied cans should be removed from the curb prior to the increased winds forecast for later in the day.