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Buckle Down, South Orange-Maplewood: How To Survive the ‘Bomb Cyclone’

Just what is a “bomb cyclone,” anyway?

The forecast for extreme wintry weather on Thursday has led to the closure of schools, cancellation of flights, and dire warnings about treacherous travel conditions and loss of power — not to mention yet another day with temperatures far below freezing. This is due to the latest winter storm to hit the northeast, dubbed a “bomb cyclone,” which, according to The New York Times, is a storm with a faster-than-usual drop in atmospheric pressure, causing cold and warm regions of air to collide with a cyclonic effect.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • South Orange/Maplewood Schools are closed; Millburn schools have a delayed opening, which may change as the storm progresses.
  • New Jersey Transit will be cross-honoring rail and bus tickets. See more info here.
  • South Orange Jitney Service will be running. At driver discretion, the Newstead route may shift to Snow Route depending on road conditions. The South Orange Parking Authority will be closed due to no heat at The Baird (which will also be closed). Permit renewal has been extended through next Friday January 12th.
  • PSE&G is warning customers to prepare for record cold temperatures and power outages. See the full info below.
  • South Orange recycling pickup will be on as scheduled, with Giordano Recycling employees covering as much ground as the weather allows.

With the ushering in of even more dangerously cold temperatures, it’s important to remember to stay indoors if possible, keep a close eye on children and pets, and if you must brave the cold, dress accordingly.

Stay warm and safe, SOMA!


PSE&G is preparing for an approaching storm system that is predicted to bring accumulating snow, gusty winds and record cold temperatures to our service territory beginning early tomorrow morning.

Although we prepare our system for bad weather year-round, we take every storm with the potential for outages seriously. We have additional personnel scheduled and on standby, with auxiliary equipment at the ready for this first storm of 2018.

We also have extra personnel on hand to respond as quickly as possible and handle emergency requests. Both PSE&G’s appliance service business and call centers are prepared to respond to additional customer “no heat” calls as temperatures remain low during the next several days. From Christmas to New Year’s Day, PSE&G responded to more than 15,300 no heat calls – making it the busiest holiday week in nearly 20 years.

In anticipation of the storm, PSE&G is taking steps to ensure that we are ready to respond to resulting power outages, including:

  • Arranging for contractors, including tree crews, to assist PSE&G’s own skilled workforce.
  • Ensuring that additional supplies, including poles, transformers and other pole-top equipment, are on hand.
  • Coordinating with county and municipal emergency management personnel to inform them of outages and expedite restoration efforts.

We urge you to be cautious during and after the storm:

  • Downed wires should always be considered “live.” Do not approach or drive over a downed line and do not touch anything that it might be in contact with.
  • To prevent carbon monoxide poisoning, do not run any gasoline powered engine, including generators and snowblowers, in a garage or any other enclosed space.

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