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Winter Weather Hits Tristate Region

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Trenton, New Jersey (My9NJ) - It seems this year’s winter isn’t holding anything back when it comes to creating problems around the tri state area. Downed power lines, salt shortages, and slippery roads are plaguing the area after Wednesday’s snowfall; with more snow expected this weekend.

Workers from PSE&G were out quickly to fix the problem of downed power lines across the state. About 40,000 New Jersey customers suffered power outages because of the storm. Workers are clearing debris and re-aligning power lines that fell.

On average, that process takes about 3 to 5 hours per incident.

John Renfree, a PSE&G employee, talked about the rewarding part about doing this kind of work.

“It is our job and were getting paid to do this, but it’s rewarding sometimes, especially when you put the people back because no one likes to be without electric,” said Renfree.

If you are one of the many people who are still without power and improvising ways to heat and cook in our homes; a word of caution was given by Mercer County's Lawrence Road Volunteer Fire Department's Deputy Chief.

“I strongly advise anyone not to use their stove for power or heating their homes or try to build a fire within their residence. And if you do candles, use extreme caution,” said Chief Michael Byrd.

Many townships across New Jersey are reporting salt shortages, with towns such as Jersey City putting the blame on the Super Bowl for using all the salt in the area.

Taking to Twitter, Mayor Fulop had this to say: “Did you know salt = high value. Becoming a scarce commodity. Who would have thought! #JerseyCity.”

According to Port Authority of New York and New Jersey workers, there is enough salt left for one or two more storms but the substance is in short supply.


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