Gov. Christie: Thank You To Everyone Responding To An Emergency Or Clearing The Roads
Statement by Governor Christie: 3.14.2017 – I’ve had briefings three times today on the status of the storm. I just got briefed again by our emergency preparedness team on the storm, on Stella and its impact on the state. As you know, yesterday I declared a state of emergency so we could have the ability to take the necessary actions in responding to the storm, help emergency management officials at the local and county level and the road crews to do their jobs safely. I want to thank all the people in New Jersey state government and in county and local government for the work that they’re doing, whether it’s responding to an emergency or clearing the roads. You’re helping folks in the state get through the storm and getting your job done. I thank you very much, including the guys standing behind me. The storm has really been a tale of three storms: south, central and north. We still expect the harshest conditions with a large snow accumulation in Northern New Jersey. At this point we’re still expecting about 18 to 24 inches in the north, maybe a little bit less, 6 to 8 inches in the central, 3 to 5 inches south of I-95 and little to no accumulation in the far south along the jersey shore. State of emergency is still in effect so I would ask all motorists to stay off the road if they can. If you absolutely must, go slowly, prepare your trip smartly. BPU, we’re at about 30,000 or so without power right now and that’s really good. The bulk of those are in the Atlantic City Electric and the PSE&G service areas- 13,000 or so in each and JCP&L about 5,000 or so. And so, they’re doing really well, the President of the BPU, Rick Mroz, reports that everyone should have service restored by end of day tomorrow and most will have service restored you know, by tomorrow morning. So, we have to kind of ride out the rest of this between now and this evening when it finally leaves us and then we’ll be ready to go back to work tomorrow morning.
Governor Christie Declares State Of Emergency Ahead Of Winter Storm Stella
Trenton, NJ – 3.13.2017 – In preparation for Winter Storm Stella expected to arrive in New Jersey tonight, Governor Chris Christie declared a State of Emergency, authorizing the State Director of Emergency Management to activate and coordinate the preparation, response and recovery efforts for the storm with all county and municipal emergency operations and governmental agencies. Commuters are asked to use extreme caution while traveling across the state.
“This severe winter storm is expected to produce tonight through Tuesday afternoon significant snow accumulations, winds gusting up to 60 miles per hour, freezing temperatures, widespread coastal flooding and hazardous whiteout travel conditions,” Governor Christie said. “During these threatening conditions, I urge all New Jerseyans to remain off the roads so our first responders and public safety officers can safely and efficiently handle emergency situations.”
New Jersey roads are expected to be impassable due to significant amounts of heavy, blowing, and drifting snow, low visibility and whiteout conditions, with the highest impact expected from late Monday night through Tuesday afternoon. Forecasted snow accumulations from five to more than 20 inches are expected in some areas of the state.
Due to the severe winter storm, the State of New Jersey has authorized the closing of state offices on Tuesday, March 14 for all non-essential employees. Essential employees should report to work on their regular schedule.
Road conditions will be available at the New Jersey Department of Transportation website at http://www.511nj.org/.
A copy of the Executive Order declaring the State of Emergency.