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Trees Down, Power Out, No Trains, School Off — March 8 in SOMA

Lenox Place, Maplewood, March 8, 2018. Photo by Jerry Ryan.

Outside Able Baker my neighbor Greg is waiting for an Uber after finding that M&E trains are suspended.

Inside a friend tells me his family is decamping for Morristown as they have been told by PSE&G that they will be without power for several more days. (See the PSE&G Outage Map here.)

On the way to Able Baker this morning, the streets of Maplewood are littered with snow, ice and broken branches after a storm that left hundreds of thousands in New Jersey without power and caused hundreds of highway accidents plus stranded motorists. Some local streets — like Oakview between Valley and Prospect in Maplewood — remain impassable due to downed trees.

Outside Maplewood Middle School a worker is clearing the sidewalks at 10 a.m. School has been canceled for the day throughout the district.

On social media, hundreds of pictures and some video tell the tale of the heavy wet snow that has decimated trees and limbs — and some power lines — throughout the towns.

Some notifications from the towns:

  • Maplewood Township offices are on a delayed opening of noon. Stay tuned.
  • South Orange municipal offices are closed March 8.
  • The warming shelter at DeHart Park in Maplewood is open for those who need it.

Two events that are still on for tonight March 8:


Oakview between Prospect and Valley. Photo by Annette DePalma
Pole down in a South Orange backyard.

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