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UPDATE: Snow Knocks Out Power, Some Traffic Lights Dark

Over 8 inches estimated to have fallen since Wednesday

Manchester police report that the nor'easter Wednesday toppled a tree into a Cedar Glen Homes residence on Robin Street, forcing the man living there to relocated after the structure was deemed unsafe, said Capt. Lisa Parker.

Throughout the township, "multiple" wires are down and power is reportedly out in both the eastern and western sections of Manchester including Pine Lake Park, Holly Oaks, Cedar Glen, Whiting Station and The Meadows, according to Parker.

JCP&L estimates that about 5,483 of its 25,507 Manchester customers are in the dark. Before the Nor'easter hit, power was restored to nearly all of the township after Hurricane Sandy left thousands of Manchester residents without electricity.

"We have no idea when JCP&L will be able to restore power to these areas," Parker said, as the police department does not know. Parker requested that residents do not call police asking when power will be restored, as those calls tie up emergency lines.

"People without power are encouraged to stay with family and friends," Parker said.

A warming station is open at the Crestwood Evangelical Church, 300 Schoolhouse Rd. in Whiting. A FEMA distribution center remains open at the Manchester First Aid and Rescue Squad headquarters on Colonial Drive from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Traffic signals are out at Commonwealth Boulevard's intersections with Routes 37 and 571, Lake Road and Route 530 and Renaissance Drive and Route 571, according to Parker.

Earlier: Plowing operations continue in Manchester Thursday after an estimated 8 inches of snow fell and knocked out power to some who only just saw it restored following Hurricane Sandy a week ago.

Manchester Department of Public Works crews have been plowing township roads since 9:30 p.m. Wednesday and will continue making clearing passes until 3:30 p.m. Thursday, according to Director Stephen Stanziano.

"I expect them to be done by the end of the day," he said. "We don't go home until we're done."

About 350 to 400 miles of township roads have been plowed and Stanziano said that he expects overtime costs will be "minimal" once clearing is completed. The director said that he estimates 8 inches of snow fell in Manchester, though some areas reportedly received a greater accumulation.

(TELL US in the comments section below: How are road conditions near you? Did the storm knock out electricity?)

The township's water and sewer systems were not affected by the storm, Stanziano said.

In Lakehurst Wednesday night, a transformer explosion on the eastern end of Union Avenue knocked out electricity to many in the area. Of the 1,257 JCP&L customers in Lakehurst, 360 now are without power. The traffic signal on Route 70 and Orchard Street does not have electricity.

The transformer was damaged during Hurricane Sandy and had not been repaired by JCP&L crews, Lakehurst Chief of Police Eric Higgins said. 

Public works crews in the borough have been out clearing streets since Wednesday night. 

Stanziano said that his staff, including Deputy Director Ray Sloan, are the reason plowing operations in Manchester are successful. 

"It's more about the men than the equipment," he said. "They're the reason for the success."

Concerned Parent November 08, 2012 at 03:53 PM
So now everybody who cried about Manchester not having school these two days will apologize and admit that the Superintendent made the correct call, right? I personally would like a word with the idiot who emailed the Governor and started a petition over it. SMH...
WhitingBoy November 08, 2012 at 03:56 PM
I was out on the roads in Roosevelt City at a little after 5. The Manchester roads we perfect. The Parkways was also plowed well, but the county roads weren't at all. Great job Manchester PW!
Michele Dimeo November 08, 2012 at 05:27 PM
Manchester School decided to close before we all knew what we would get yesterday. I have children in both schools and they should be in school as much as possible. Since there was no teachers conventions the schools should have be open regardless.
Bryan November 08, 2012 at 05:34 PM
Apologize? If there had be school it would have been closed yes but what about Friday, this whole teachers convention off days is a joke! 90% of them dont attend it anyway! If they want to have it, have it in the summer, so parents who all work dont have to be put out! This week in Disney is known as Jersey teacher week, no joke! As someone who works in AC all i see is the few that do attend shopping in the outlets. They needed to TRY to use these days for make up days.
Concerned Parent November 08, 2012 at 06:07 PM
......annnnnnd if you had read the superintendent's explanation you would know that 1) The teachers ASKED to come in. 2) The decision to close was based on all that white stuff outside your window right now as well as not wanting to ask families in the district to cancel any plans they'd made on only a few days notice. 3) 90%? Can you back this up with data? Most of the teachers I know go to the convention every year and come back with a plethora of knowledge, resources and valuable professional development experience to bring back to the classroom. Our children benefit from this. BTW how do you know to look at them which shoppers are teachers? Stop drinking the Christie Kool Aid. And as far as Friday, please tell me how many schools in the district have power right now, or will have it tomorrow. Once again, in spite of all the parents with pitchforks, our Super made the right call. How about everybody stop bashing the teachers and leaders of this school district, at the end of the day I'm willing to bet neither one of us could do a better job than them.
Amanda November 08, 2012 at 06:10 PM
It's a union thing... Teachers salaries are generally low for the work they do... Don't burn them out!!!!
Bryan November 08, 2012 at 07:40 PM
Oooh please its not teacher bashing, yes they have a tough job yes they do a wonderful things with our childern, buts the union that gives them the cry baby tag! When most of us myself included work 50/ 60 hr work weeks get 3 sick and maybe 2 weeks vacation, work isnt canceled when weather is bad! (Yes i know its for the kids safety) and Might make a teachers starting salary, with summers off every holiday off weeks off during school year. Try finding that in the private sector? As far judging who is a teacher shopping, i guess the foot traffic triples arround the outlets with shoppers with bags in hand during the the time of the convention. AGAIN I LOVE AND THANK MY KIDS TEACHERS, but the union makes you look like cry babies. Again compair what a teacher gets to the rest of us and its not hard to understand.
Michele Dimeo November 08, 2012 at 08:13 PM
Bryan don't waste your time on Concerned Parent. This is the same person who started all kinds of wars with the possible move to Jackson. This person has their hand in the cookie jar at school and will do anything to try and make them self look important.
Concerned Parent November 08, 2012 at 08:50 PM
@Michelle you couldn't be further from the truth, but nice try! Sending Lakehurst kids to Jackson is one of the silliest things I've ever heard of, and most of the Lakehurst parents agree. And what cookie jar? Are you implying that the employees of the school district (which by the way I don't work for) don't earn every penny for educating, counseling, disciplining and cleaning up after OUR children? Please take your hateful agenda elsewhere, you are both ignorant and wrong.
Bryan November 08, 2012 at 08:53 PM
Yeah can tell, one of my biggest regrets is not becoming a gym teacher, all the benifits great sch. Extra pay for coaching, and no papers to grade! Just make the kids play! NICE, lol
Concerned Parent November 08, 2012 at 08:57 PM
Lol yeah that sounds pretty sweet.
April November 08, 2012 at 10:47 PM
Lakehurst Elementary School has closed for 11/9/12 due to inclement weather.
Michele Dimeo November 09, 2012 at 12:09 AM
Concerned parent - I want to apologize to you. I mixed you up with another poster who was not so nice. I have no agenda and a do appreciate all the teachers do even when I attended Lakehurst school myself.
Concerned Parent November 09, 2012 at 12:33 AM
No sweat, and I apologize for calling you ignorant. We can respectfully disagree on things but at the end of the day the passion comes from us all wanting what's best for our kids. :)
Billabong November 09, 2012 at 01:26 PM
We had a crew from West Virginia restore our power last night. Even though we treated them to a couple of boxes of Joe and some food, we couldn't thank them enough. Being without power sure isn't easy but these guys (many who are away from their homes and families) are working hard.
Ed Gruber November 09, 2012 at 01:47 PM
How is the situation at LVW?

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