Jersey City responds to issues brought by nor’easter; shelter still open

JERSEY CITY – As the Hudson County region struggles to return to normal in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, the area faced challenges due to the midweek nor’easter. The nor’easter, which has been named Athena, brought high winds, snow and rain, and was likely to cause potential storm surges to the area through Thursday morning.
Jersey City expected one to three inches of snow and a storm surge between two and four feet, according to the National Weather Service.
In preparation for the storm, the Jersey City Incinerator Authority (JCIA) positioned spreaders for deployment as the snow was expected to stick.
There were also concerns about new power outages. Many PSE&G customers in Jersey City had only had their power restored within the past 48 hours as of Wednesday.
On Wednesday there were limited reports of new power outages downtown and in the Jersey City Heights, possibly as a result of the nor’easter. Should residents need to seek shelter away from their homes, the emergency shelter established at the National Guard Amory is still open, and has space available to house people. According to the Healy administration, Jersey City has replenished emergency supplies at the Armory, including food and cots.
Notifications and updates regarding the nor’easter will be made via the city’s reverse 911 notification system (officially known as C-3 Alert), the city web site and Facebook page, Twitter, and Channel One.
Parking enforcement regulations remain suspended. Residents who park their vehicles underground or in low-lying areas should move their vehicles to higher ground in anticipation of this new weather event.

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