Hurricane Sandy

Millions without power in NJ due to Superstorm Sandy damage

Hurricane Sandy sure did a number on our power grid.

Many downed power wires around town – and PSE&G is still a ways out from helping us in Hoboken.

Over 1.2 million customers in North Jersey, and over 100,000 in Hudson County have lost power.

It’s recommended to avoid ANY flooded areas completely – as you run the risk of encountering energized water from power lines you might not see (i.e., around the corner).

NJ in total has over 2 million without power, and around 7.5 million in the tri-state area.

It’s going to be a rough couple weeks for many!

Hurricane Sandy: NJ Gov. Christie declares State of Emergency

Anticipating severe weather conditions including high winds, rain, coastal, stream and river flooding, and the storm’s potential to threaten the public’s health and safety, Governor Chris Christie today declared a state of emergency throughout the state as a result of severe weather conditions anticipated from Hurricane Sandy. In addition to taking this preemptory step to mobilize government in preparation for the storm, Governor Christie urged New Jersey residents to be vigilant in monitoring conditions of the storm, its effect on their communities, and in making preparations for themselves and their families.

“As we move towards what is an increasingly likelihood of seeing Sandy make landfall in New Jersey, I am urging all New Jerseyans to take every possible and reasonable precaution to ready themselves for the storm’s potential impact. That means having an emergency action plan for their families and other loved ones who may require assistance, and avoiding unnecessary risks in the severe weather, including staying off of the roads,” said Governor Christie. “At the state level, we are taking immediate steps to prepare for the storm’s impact and ensure that state, local and county governments have the tools they need to manage and respond in a coordinated way. With this, government at every level can respond more effectively to conditions on the ground, activate emergency operations plans, and ensure that resources are being marshaled to assist and protect the public through this storm.”

The declaration activates elements of the State Emergency Operations Plan, broadening powers of the New Jersey State Police including traffic control, limiting access and egress from impacted areas and issuing evacuation orders if needed.

As provided by the declaration, the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management will be authorized to mobilize and deploy resources beginning immediately to respond to the storm conditions, including resources of the New Jersey State Police, New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and New Jersey Department of Transportation, in coordination with county and municipal emergency management officials in impacted areas throughout the state.

Hurricane Sandy – How will it impact Hoboken, NJ?

10/25/2012 Update:

Here are the latest forecast maps for Hurricane Sandy.

If it does strike our area head on – I wonder what the worst part will be… the obvious flooding – or the wind. Either way, I hope they’re wrong and it doesn’t happen at all. But best bet is to be prepared – and don’t forget about your the needs of your pets too.

Hurricane Sandy hitting NJ: Hype or Hot Air?

10/24/2012:

Here’s the usual Hoboken411 placeholder for any potentially severe weather event that could affect Hoboken and the rest of the viewing area.

Hurricane Sandy is gearing up down in the Caribbean right now – and computer models are mixed about where it will eventually go.

Some models indicate that this storm (which would likely be downgraded) has a chance to hit the Jersey shore and have some kind of impact here. While other models take the storm out to sea – with little to no impact.

Stay tuned!

52 Responses

  1. yourbrainondrugs says:

    Anybody recv a reverse 911 call… ❓

  2. beerzgood says:

    is the power still on?

  3. beenhere says:

    I here the flooding downtown has begn in earnest. Friends around 1st and Park say water is rising very quickly.

  4. briank says:

    Exciting so far downtown. Tree crushed a car around the corner ( First St across from Bagel Smashery, pun intended). I was just out in my deck re-securing things when I saw a flash and heard an explosion that looked to be right in front of City Hall (about 7:45)

  5. BklynHobo says:

    Any flooding reported around 11th and Willow?

  6. csantisteban says:

    Trying to help a friend locate his friends – Mike Haskell and his pregnant wife Suzanne, living in Hoboken. We are in Calif and their family and friends are worried sick! They live at 64A Jefferson between 1st & 2nd, in Hoboken. Again, the couple’s name is Mike Haskell and his wife, Suzanne, who’s Pregnant. ANY assistance locating this couple would be greatly appreciated! Thank you ❗

    • Toddk64jeff says:

      Hi guys. They are ok safe and sound. I am their neighbor. We have lost power and I think mikes cell sic is spotty at best. Keep trying his cell and email. I will let him know you we’re trying to contact them.
      Todd[quote comment=”217765″]Trying to help a friend locate his friends – Mike Haskell and his pregnant wife Suzanne, living in Hoboken. We are in Calif and their family and friends are worried sick! They live at 64A Jefferson between 1st & 2nd, in Hoboken. Again, the couple’s name is Mike Haskell and his wife, Suzanne, who’s Pregnant. ANY assistance locating this couple would be greatly appreciated! Thank you [/quote]

      • tree222 says:

        Hi,
        I’m looking for Katie Cortiglia and Bobby Marks in Hoboken. We have not heard from them since storm began yesterday. They live around 7th and Washington. Please let me know they are safe if anyone has seen them. Thanks.
        Patricia[quote comment=”217766″]Hi guys. They are ok safe and sound. I am their neighbor. We have lost power and I think mikes cell sic is spotty at best. Keep trying his cell and email. I will let him know you we’re trying to contact them.Todd[/quote]

      • libbytaylor says:

        were you able to speak to mike and suzanne?
        [quote comment=”217767″]Hi, I’m looking for Katie Cortiglia and Bobby Marks in Hoboken. We have not heard from them since storm began yesterday. They live around 7th and Washington. Please let me know they are safe if anyone has seen them. Thanks. Patricia[/quote]

      • libbytaylor says:

        Todd jeff, have you heard from mike & suzanne or able to communicate with them recently?
        [quote comment=”217766″]Hi guys. They are ok safe and sound. I am their neighbor. We have lost power and I think mikes cell sic is spotty at best. Keep trying his cell and email. I will let him know you we’re trying to contact them. Todd[/quote]

      • HaskellMartin says:

        Todd-

        This is Mike’s youngest sister Megan. No one in the family has heard from him at all today. Please let him know that we are worried and just want him to contact at least one person. You can contact at meganhaskell@sbcglobal.net

        Tonight he can contact me no matter how late. In the morning have him contact his other sister Holly. holly.haskell@accenture.com

        Thanks so much for any help![quote comment=”217766″]Hi guys. They are ok safe and sound. I am their neighbor. We have lost power and I think mikes cell sic is spotty at best. Keep trying his cell and email. I will let him know you we’re trying to contact them. Todd[/quote]

      • csantisteban says:

        Thank you SO much Todd64jeff! You helped settle some rattled nerves. Sending you and all those affected my prayers!
        [quote comment=”217766″]Hi guys. They are ok safe and sound. I am their neighbor. We have lost power and I think mikes cell sic is spotty at best. Keep trying his cell and email. I will let him know you we’re trying to contact them. Todd[/quote]

  7. sweetsnappluv says:

    I’m looking for my friend Erik Swart in Hoboken, 6th & Madison.
    If anyone seen him or know any info ,please let me know.
    I know his street is known as a flooded zone in Hoboken.
    Any help would be very appreciated.
    Thanks
    T

  8. kooky kat says:

    I work with Mike…I saw an email this morning that they were unable to leave their building due to electrical wiring down in their neighborhood. They are safe but it may be a few days before they can make contact with anyone!

  9. kooky kat says:

    …the last update on the City of Hoboken website is from Tuesday. What day is it? Oh yea it’s THURSDAY!!! Sigh.

  10. hoboken411 says:

    11/1/2012 Update:

    PSE&G is on site and working very hard to restore power, now that most of the flooding has receded and they can get to the substations. A pump was brought in to partially remove flood waters from one of the substations. They are working to restore power as quickly as possible. Residents are asked to shut off appliances and lights to avoid a surge when power is restored.

    The tap water is safe to drink.

    A food truck capable of serving hundreds of meals will be at the Capital One Bank parking lot (3rd and Washington) serving free meals to the public this afternoon. Food trucks from throughout the region are invited into Hoboken to help feed our community. The Elks Club will also be serving food to the public this afternoon. The Fire Department pumped out the loading dock for the A&P supermarket, which is expecting a delivery and hoping to open today.

    Water tankers are available at 1st & Washington and 315 Hudson St (bring your own container).

    Volunteers are needed at City Hall and can report to the lobby. They are helping with various tasks, including going door to door in senior buildings, delivering food and water, and assisting with filling prescriptions.

    The Wallace School is no longer filling prescriptions. The downtown CVS pharmacy will fill prescriptions if the empty prescription bottle is brought in.

    Donations needed: non perishable food, blankets, coats. No perishables. Donations can be delivered to City Hall or the High School (8th and Clinton).

    A Duracell charging and wifi station and a PSE&G comfort station will be in Hoboken today. Phone charging stations are also available at Observer & Washington, along 11th Street between Park and Garden, Garden Street between 11th and 12th, Hudson St between 4th and 11th, and other areas where residents are making power available to neighbors.

    Garbage collection will take place today. Damaged furniture may be left on the curb.

    A community information meeting and press briefing will take place at 2pm in front of City Hall.

    Shelter locations are: Wallace School (11th & Willow), Sts Peter & Paul (4th & Hudson), St Matthews (8th & Washington).

    Avoid using your vehicles. There is a statewide gas shortage.

    The Hoboken Emergency Operations Center phone number is: 201-249-6644.

    Flood waters have receded from the Observer Highway southern entrance to Hoboken.

    The Federal Government has a website that allows people to apply for assistance online: http://www.disasterassistance.gov .

    This website consolidates the application process across several Federal agencies, including FEMA and the Small Business Administration. The website also reduces the number of forms you will ultimately have to fill out, shortens the time it takes to apply, and allows you to check the progress of your applications online.

    If you want to apply by phone rather than the Internet, you can call 1-800-621-FEMA (1-800-621-3362).

  11. GlennEsq says:

    Anyone know if PSE&G has reached work on power on Observer Highway yet? Last I heard, they had restored Wayne Street in Jersey City. Thanks in advance. 😆 (Replies can be sent to GlennEsq @ Twitter.

  12. briank says:

    Power on as of about 6:45 in some places. It is very spotty. A few buildings on my side of the street (Garden btw 1st and 2nd), a few in First, but I don’t see any out my back on Bloomfield.
    I will continue the karma from my uptown fellow residents and drop an extension cord tomorrow morning for charging devices for anyone in the neighborhood. 115 Garden.

  13. elky17 says:

    A landlord must disclose any past flooding in the apartment before a tenant moves in. Some landlords find this duty to be burdensome. They don’t know the entire history of their apartment, and fear that leaving out information exposes them to liability unfairly. However, at the bare minimum, landlords must disclose actual knowledge of past flooding in the apartment. If apt is completely flooded and uninhabitable, the lease is effectively terminated. If your landlord omitted the fact of prior flooding, you can sue for your damage and loss of property etc. my friend lost everything in basement apt 336 park-landlord knew and didn’t tell him

  14. hoboken411 says:

    November 2 Status Update:

    ELECTIONS: Per the Secretary of the State, the Election is still scheduled for Tuesday, November 6, 2012. Information will be provided as it becomes available.

    MEDICAL: HUMC is open (7am-7pm) as an urgent care center only. Downtown CVS (Newark St & Washington St), uptown Rite Aid (13th St & Willow Ave) is open. For emergency care call 201-420-2100.

    POWER: PSE&G & FEMA are working to restore power as quickly as possible. Dozens of personnel are working at each substation. Facilities have extensive water damage, and a lot of equipment has to be replaced before service can be restored. Partial power was restored on Thursday evening. PSE&G info center is at Washington & Observer Hwy and also has free charging station, laptops, wifi, and ice.

    WATER: The tap water is safe to drink. Water tanks are available at 1st St & Washington St and 315 Hudson St. Bring your own container.

    FOOD: The A&P, Target Jersey City, downtown CVS, uptown Rite Aid, Kings, Aspen Market, Basic, and other stores are reopening. Food trucks with free meals are at Church Square Park, 3rd St & Washington St, and other locations throughout the city. Elks Club (10th & Washington) is serving food.

    ICE: Free ice is available at PSE&G comfort center at Washington St & Observer Hwy.

    GARBAGE: Trash is being picked up. Damaged furniture can be left at curb. Separate white goods (appliances) into separate pile. They must be recycled.

    GAS: Conserve fuel – statewide fuel shortage. Hess on Boulevard East in Weehawken is open.

    ATMs: Observer Hwy & Bloomfield St, Hudson & 4th

    BUS: A free shuttle (school bus) will run continuously up and down Washington St (9am-5pm).

    DISASTER RELIEF (FEMA): Call: 800-621-FEMA (3362), Online: http://www.disasterassistance.gov In person: A FEMA Disaster Recovery Center will be set up in Hoboken in the next few days.

    ALL RESIDENTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO CHECK ON THEIR NEIGHBORS

  15. hoboken411 says:

    One more week of reduced parking enforcement:

    Enforcement of permit parking regulations and alternate side parking for street cleaning will remain suspended until Monday, November 19th at 12:01am.

    Beginning on Tuesday, November 13, 12:01am, partial parking enforcement will resume:

    • ► Metered parking will be enforced east of Bloomfield Street.
    • ► All other non-permit and non-street cleaning parking enforcement is in effect (parking too close to a crosswalk, stop sign, fire hyrdrant, in a bus stop, driveway, car-sharing space, handicapped space, Temporary No Parking signs, parking on sidewalk, etc).

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