Situation Report from the New Jersey State Emergency Operations Center – November 4, 2012, 8:00 a.m.

     

    SITUATION REPORT # 19 HIGHLIGHTS

    NEW JERSEY STATE EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTER

    November 4, 2012, 8:00 a.m. 

     

    1.            CURRENT SYNOPSIS:

     

    Governor Chris Christie signed Executive Order 108, declaring a limited state of energy emergency, regarding motor fuel.  Henceforth, odd-even rationing for gasoline purchases is in effect in 12 NJ Counties.  Odd-Even fuel sales take effect in the following counties at noon on November 3, 2012:

     

    Bergen;  Essex;  Hudson; Hunterdon;  Middlesex;  Morris;  Monmouth;  Passaic;  Somerset;  Sussex; Union; and Warren.

     

    This will remain in effect for as long as the Governor’s limited declared state of energy emergency is in effect in those 12 counties. Gas cans are not included in the restrictions at this point in time, it may be considered later.  

    The NJ ROIC and NJOEM is currently at operational Level 4, continuing to respond to the effects from Hurricane Sandy and providing situational awareness reports to the State, County, Local and allied agencies.  The overall State of Emergency for New Jersey is still in effect.

    The NJ ROIC and NJOEM 

     

    The President of the United States has approved a Major Disaster Declaration (FEMA-4086-DR-NJ) for the State of New Jersey for Hurricane Sandy on October 30, 2012.  The President of the United States approved Individual and Public Assistance for debris removal and emergency protective measures (Categories A and B) including direct federal assistance for Atlantic, Bergen, Cape May, Essex, Hudson, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean, Somerset, and Union counties.  All counties in the State of New Jersey are eligible to apply for assistance under the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP).  

     

     

    Governor Chris Christie announced out of state fuel companies can deliver to NJ without a tax permit.  Refer to the NJ Department of Treasury (Division of Taxation) web page at: http://www.nj.gov/treasury/pdf/Governor-Christie-Acts-to-Boost-Gasoline.pdf for additional information.  

     

    The Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Bob Martin, signed Administrative Order No. 2012-12 which accompanies Executive Order No. 103, issued by Governor Chris Christie, on October 31, 2012.  These Orders mandate statewide water use restrictions effective immediately November 1, 2012, and shall remain in effect until suspended or terminated by the Governor or Commissioner of DEP. 

     

    Outages by County as of 7:00 A.M.

    11/04/12

    STATEWIDE 972,178

    PSEG

    JCPL

    County

    Outages

    County

    Outages

    BERGEN

    106,071

      BURLINGTON

    1,449

    BURLINGTON

    5,244

      ESSEX

    4,292

    CAMDEN

    4,179

      HUNTERDON

    24,346

    ESSEX

    71,291

      MERCER

    6,175

    GLOUCESTER

    193

      MIDDLESEX

    47,143

    HUDSON

    64,673

      MONMOUTH

    151,962

    HUNTERDON

    6

      MORRIS

    84,390

    MERCER

    14,813

      OCEAN

    87,533

    MIDDLESEX

    47,297

      PASSIAC

    2,359

    MONMOUTH

    3

      SOMERSET

    21,838

    MORRIS

    5,840

      SUSSEX

    22,119

    PASSAIC

    32,459

      UNION

    12,227

    SOMERSET

    27,060

      WARREN

    19,712

    UNION

    66,654

      TOTAL

    485,545

    TOTAL

    445,783

     

     

     

    ACE

    RECO

    County

    Outages

    County

    Outages

    ATLANTIC

    1,474

    BERGEN

    22,099

    BURLINGTON

    11

    PASSAIC

    9,000

    CAMDEN

    3

    SUSSEX

    2

    CAPE MAY

    358

    TOTAL

    31,101

    CUMBERLAND

    15

     

     

    GLOUCESTER

    8

     

     

    OCEAN

    7,880

     

     

    SALEM

    0

     

     

    TOTAL

    9,749

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    NJ SHELTER INFO:  11/4/12 Midnight:  5,243 people and 107 pets being cared for in shelters. 

     

    Number of NJ deaths attributed to Hurricane Sandy:  24

     

    2.            INCIDENTS

    Water Systems Still Subject to a Boil Water Advisory (8) 

     

    ·                     Independence MUA – Highland System, [Advisory Issued]

    ·                        Long Beach Township Water Department (Brant Beach) – [Advisory Issued]

    ·                     West Milford, Reflection Lake Apartments [Advisory Issued]

    ·                     Ship Bottom – Do Not Drink once well is back online 

    ·                     Stafford Township MUA (Cedar Bonnet Island), population served: limited due to evacuations; bulk purchase system from Ship Bottom

    ·                     United Water Cliffwood Lakes (Vernon Township) – [Advisory issued]

    ·                     United Water Andover (Andover Township) – [Advisory issued]

    ·                     United Water Woodridge (Wantage Township)- [Advisory issued]

     

    3.            ROAD CLOSURES: 

     

    Sunday, November 4, 2012

    As of 0800 hours there were six (6) full road closures.

     

    SJTA:

     

    NO NEW UPDATES

     

    BRIDGES &TUNNELS:

    Holland Tunnel: The Holland Tunnel will remain closed at all other times, including all day on Saturday and Sunday (Only Emergency Vehicles can use the Tunnel). 

    5:30 a.m. to 10: 00 a.m., Mondays thru Fridays, 1 lane of the south tunnel will operate for SELECTED BUSES ONLY, Eastbound to NYC 

    1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Mondays thru Fridays, 1 lane of the south tunnel will operate in the reverse direction for BUSES ONLY, Westbound 

     

    4. AVIATION

     

    Newark Liberty International Airport

    Port Authority NY/NJ: Weather related on Newark Liberty International Airport Newark – New Jersey (Newark) airport open but carriers are providing limited service. Call your airline carrier for further information.

     

    Air Space Special Advisory

     

    Effective 9:00 p.m., Wednesday, October 31, 2012, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), issued a Special Advisory for all air traffic, below 1,000 feet, along the coastal counties of Monmouth, Ocean, Atlantic and Cape May. The air space one half mile east and west of the New Jersey coast line, under 1,000 feet should be avoided by private aircraft to allow for safe rescue operations as a result of Hurricane Sandy until further notice.

     

    5.            MARINE

     

    Port Newark

    Port Authority NY/NJ: Weather related on Port Newark in Newark (Essex) remains closed to normal operations, until further notice

     

    6.            Mass Transit

     

    NJ TRANSIT

    Service on four rail lines resumes Sunday, November 4

    North Jersey Coast Line will operate with modified schedule between Woodbridge and New York Penn Station.

    Raritan Valley Line will resume normal service, operating on a Sunday schedule on Nov. 4 and weekday schedule on Nov. 5. Main/Port Jervis Line will operate on a modified schedule with trains originating/terminating in Secaucus Junction.

    Atlantic City Line will resume normal service.

     

    Toll Waivers

     

    Any outside company that is assisting New Jersey in our Hurricane Sandy relief effort and travels the New Jersey Turnpike, Garden State Parkway or Atlantic City Expressway will not be charged a toll.  Such companies must be in clearly marked company vehicles (i.e. electric utility trucks, tree/debris clearing trucks & equipment, Red Cross, etc) and are instructed to use manned toll booths whenever possible.  Drivers should identify themselves as part of the relief effort and will be given free passage.  Should drivers inadvertently pass through a dedicated EZ-Pass Lane, an automatic violation will be generated by our toll system.  Once a violation notice is received (this can take 30-60 days), a company representative should contact the South Jersey Transportation Authority at (609) 965-6060 for the ACE and The New Jersey Turnpike Authority at (732) 750-5300 X 8750 with information from the violation notice available.  At that time, any tolls and fines will be waived.

     

    EPA Waivers

     

    Diesel fuel used in emergency generators or pumps – EPA’s waiver, which was issued today (10/31), allows home heating oil to be used in place of diesel fuel in all portable diesel generators.  EPA’s “no action assurance”, also issued today, allows home heating oil to be used in stationary emergency diesels (e.g., generators and pumps). This complements the Governor’s Office press release and the DEP Enforcement Alert issued today.

     

    Out-of-State Gasoline – EPA today issued a second waiver, for use of out-of-state gasoline in New Jersey and other hurricane-affected states that require reformulated (cleaner) gasoline. The waiver would allow use of conventional gasoline available outside New Jersey, for example from terminals in Albany, NY.  

     

    State/Allied Agencies: 

     

    NJ DOC, NJDEP, NJ DHS, NJDHSS, NJBPU, NJDOT, NJDMVA, NJDFS, Agriculture, NJ OHSP,OAG, DCA, Treasury, US Coast Guard, NJ Transit, US ACE, ARC, Salvation Army, Community Food Bank of NJ and FEMA are currently staffing the SEOC.  ESF leads and allied agencies are engaged in response to Hurricane Sandy.  

     

    County Declarations:

     

    County

    Date

    Time

    Rescinded

    Atlantic County

    October 27, 2012

    6:00 a.m.

    November 1, 2012

    Bergen County

    October 28, 2012

    5:30 p.m.

     

    Burlington County

    October 29, 2012

    8:00 a.m.

     

    Camden County

    October 28, 2012

    7:00 p.m.

     

    Cape May County

    October 28, 2012

    4:00 p.m.

     

    Cumberland County

    October 27, 2012

    12:10 p.m.

     

    Essex County

    October 28, 2012

    4:00 p.m.

     

    Gloucester County

    October 29, 2012

    8:30 a.m.

     

    Hudson County

    October 29, 2012

    9:10 a.m.

     

    Hunterdon County

    October 28, 2012

    7:00 p.m.

     

    Mercer County

    October 27, 2012

    8:40 a.m.

     

    Middlesex County

    October 28, 2012

    5:00 p.m.

     

    Monmouth County

    October 28, 2012

    12:00 p.m.

     

    Morris County

    October 29, 2012

    9:30 a.m.

     

    Ocean County

    October 28, 2012

    4:00 p.m.

     

    Passaic County

    October 28, 2012

    7:00 a.m.

     

    Salem County

    October 26, 2012

    2:00 p.m.

     

    Somerset County

    October 30, 2012

    12:20 a.m.

     

    Sussex County 

    October 28, 2012 

    5:00 p.m.

     

    Union County

    October 29,2012

    5:00 p.m.

    October 31, 2012

    Warren County

    October 29, 2012

    10:30 a.m.

     

     

     

    7.            WEATHER FORECAST:

     

    PARTLY TO MOSTLY CLOUDY AND BREEZY CONDITIONS EXPECTED

    TODAY WITH A FEW LESS CLOUDS AND WIND FOR TOMORROW. CONTINUE DRY ON TUESDAY BUT A STRONG STORM SYSTEM IS EXPECTED TO ARRIVE FOR WEDNESDAY. RAIN WILL BEGIN LATE

    WEDNESDAY NIGHT OVER SOUTHERN NEW JERSEY THEN SPREAD NORTHWARD THROUGHOUT THE DAY. A PERIOD OF WET SNOW WILL BE POSSIBLE IN THE NORTHWEST CORNER OF THE STATE FOR A TIME BEFORE TURNING TO RAIN. A DUSTING TO AN INCH OF WET SNOW WILL BE POSSIBLE. MODERATE TO HEAVY RAIN AND STRONG WINDS POSSIBLE WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING. RAIN WILL DIMINISH WEDNESDAY NIGHT BUT LINGERING SHOWERS WILL BE POSSIBLE INTO THURSDAY MORNING. SOME AREAS OF NORTHWEST NEW JERSEY COULD CHANGE BACK TO WET SNOW FOR A TIME BEFORE ENDING WITH AN ADDITIONAL INCH POSSIBLE, MAINLY ON UNPAVED SURFACES. WINDS WILL ALSO DIMINISH WEDNESDAY NIGHT BUT WILL LIKELY REMAIN STRONG THROUGH THURSDAY.

     

    WEATHER FORECAST: PARTLY TO MOSTLY CLOUDY TODAY. PARTLY CLOUDY TONIGHT. PARTLY CLOUDY TOMORROW AND TOMORROW NIGHT.

     

     

    New Jersey Office of Emergency Management

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