Day 9: Seriously? Nine Days?

Lots of people have it worse, yes, but we could do a lot more to help them if we had power ourselves

Nine days.

This is the ninth day without power in large chunks of South Brunswick Township – a town that was hit hard from the wholesale destruction that Hurricane Sandy wrought on our state.

The entire township lost power during the storm and hundreds of downed tress and utility poles caused havoc for cleanup and restoration efforts. Township public works crews have already removed a staggering total of about 350 fallen trees and opened 60 roadways that were closed from storm damage.

PSE&G says there are about 2,000 customers still without power in town. 

A high wind warning is in effect from 6 a.m. Wednesday to 6 a.m. Thursday. Winds are expected from the north between 30-40 mph with gusts up to 65 mph. Snow and/or a wintry mix is coming with latest projections from PSE&G calling for some outages to last passed the weekend.

If you’re still without power, call PSE&G again. And again. The number is 800-436-7734. 

No, it’s not as bad as losing your house. No it’s not as bad as five feet of water in your basement, or your entire street being wiped out or large portions of the beach in your living room, but nine days without power is going to wear on your nerves, no question.

Below, feel free to vent, kvetch, and get it out in the comments section below. Let’s just keep it clean.

John deGrazia November 07, 2012 at 03:55 PM
Hello; I was friends with the Ludlums; David Ludlum forcast the weather for the Air Force in Europe during WWII. I wrote this for you. Sandy was clearly the result of Arctic maritime low pressure that replaced the high pressure system that might have been expected to build over the year-around ice at this time of year; ice and snow that once covered much of the Arctic Ocean throughout the year, but now has melted away due to global warming. The lower pressure atmosphere that naturally results when colder air overtops warmer water slid south from the Arctic Ocean until it was blocked from further progress by the high Appalachians. In the valleys and plains of Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio and Pennsylvania, the shallow but frigid layer settled beneath a warm southwesterly flow. After days of breeding cold rain and fog across the region, this cold, moisture-saturated air was drawn off from the West and fed into the remnants of Hurricane Sandy, a storm that in prior decades might have been expected to either drift out to sea, or focus its fury on a narrow stretch of coastline, quickly to be dissipated after making landfall. This deadly weather pattern may be expected to occur each year from now on, to some degree; at least, every year that the Arctic ocean remains ice-free into December. And, because of the furious weather that resulted this year, hundreds of thousands of people are suffering, while things promise only to get worse as a second, similar storm takes shape.
AngieD November 07, 2012 at 04:03 PM
PSE&G did say 7-10 days. I think they did a great job considering the extreme mass of the destruction.
AngieD November 07, 2012 at 04:05 PM
I agree with John. People think of weather and dismissed global warming as incorrect. What he's describing is a result of climate changr
Dave November 07, 2012 at 05:38 PM
Not reading the long winded comments but I totally agree with the article though! Everyone stay on PSE&G! Keep calling ! Complain , because its your right! Those who don't like it - oh well maybe you should be reading something else , or dare i say go get involved in A relief effort and do some good for those who do have it worse instead of criticizing everyone that's not happy with OUR restoration progress.
Dave November 07, 2012 at 05:55 PM
It'll be very dangerous if we get enough snow to be plowed and the plow trucks come down Cranston rd and grab those wires in the street ! If anyone can pass this on tto he right people please warn them . We don't want anyone injured or worse.


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