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About 18,000 residents and businesses in Mercer County still without power as of 10 p.m. Wednesday, numerous roads still closed

Queenston Place in Princeton on Wednesday. Photo submitted by a reader.

In Mercer County, about 9,300 customers were still without power as of 10 p.m. on Wednesday. About 2,800 of those customers without power are in Princeton, about 2,670 are in West Windsor, about 500 are in Lawrence, about 300 are in the Hopewells, about 60 are in Pennington, about 650 are in Ewing, 1,150 are in Hamilton, 100 are in Robbinsville, and about 1,000 live in Trenton.

In Middlesex County, about 2,000 PSE&G customers are still without power. In Plainsboro, about 1,290 households and businesses are without power, and in Cranbury all but 145 customers have had power restored.

About 8,700 JCP&L customers in Mercer County were still without power as of 10 p.m. Wednesday, with a breakdown by municipality as follows: East Windsor 5,930 customers, Hightstown 708 customers, Hopewell Township 188 customers, Robbinsville 606 customers, and West Windsor 1,279 customers.

If you are without power and you are a PSE&G customer, call 1-800-436-7734. If you are a JCP&L customer, call 888-544-4877.

Area road closures

In Princeton, the following roads are closed:
Snowden Lane/Herrontown Road
State Road northbound (Detour Ewing to Herrontown)
Stuart Road (Detour onto Bouvant Dr.)
Cleveland Lane (between Lafayette Road and Library Place)
Laurel Road
Hamilton Avenue (between Leavitt Lane/Snowden Lane)
Spruce Street (East of Linden Lane)
Rosedale Road (between Province Line Road and the Johnson Park School)
Herrontown Road (near Autumn Hill Road)
Brook Stone Drive
Pheasant Hill Road
Broadripple Road
Queenston Place
Edgerstoune Road (west end)

In Princeton Junction, Washington Road is closed from Route 1 to the railroad bridge (Route 64) due to trees on power lines.

In Lawrence, Fackler Road is closed between Lawrence Road and Teak Lane due to a tree down. Officials said the road will be closed into the early morning. Pretty Brook Road was closed in the late afternoon due to wires down.

In Plainsboro, Schalks Crossing Road is now open in all directions.

In East Windsor, Old York Road (CR539) is closed between Windsor-Perrineville Road and Sharon Road due to live wires down. Woods Road is closed between Berwick Circle and Perrineville Road due to wires down. Route 33 is closed between Davison Road and Maxwell Avenue because a pole is down. The traffic signal is on flash at Route 571 and One Mile Road.

South Brunswick officials report that five roads are still closed:
Route 27 between Kingston Terrace and Promenade Boulevard
Freshponds Road between Route 130 and Davidson Mill Road
Friendship Road between New Road and Broadway Road
Old Road
Taylor Road at Jefferson Court

The following traffic lights are still out in South Brunswick:
Route 130 / Route 522
Route 130 / Deans Rhode Hall Road
Route 27 / Raymond Road
Route 535 / Thatcher Road
Georges Road / Ridge Road / Culver Road
Deans Rhode Hall Road / Fresh Ponds Road

In Montgomery, Dutchtown Harlingen Road is closed, and Millstone River Road is closed between Deadtree and Bridgepoint.

Franklin Township officials report that the Blackwells Mills Causeway is now open. Canal Road between Griggstown and Sterling is closed.

In Hillsborough, Millstone River Road is closed between Schmidt and Plumstead. River Road is closed between Roycefield Road and Lyman Street. Millstone River Road is also closed between Strawberry and Amsterdam.

As of Wednesday evening, there are more than 17,600 JCP&L customers without power in Hunterdon County. Critical facilities such as nursing homes and sewage pumping facilities are still without power in Hunterdon County. There are also residential neighborhoods that cannot be accessed by emergency services if the need arises because access is blocked by utility infrastructure on the ground. Officials in Hunterdon County are urging residents who are unable to shelter in place to make arrangements to relocate to stay with family or friends, or stay in a hotel. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, congregate shelter should be an option of last resort.

Charging, cooling, water and ice stations

In Princeton, the community room at the Municipal Building at 400 Witherspoon Street is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. for charging devices and for cooling off.

In Montgomery, the Otto Kauffman Community Center at 356 Skillman Road will be open as a cooling, charging, and internet connectivity center from 8 a.m. until 9 p.m. through Friday, and from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Residents must sign in with a name, address, and phone number for contact tracing purposes, wear masks, and socially distance.

In South Brunswick, the senior center is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for charging devices and cooling off.

In West Windsor, outdoor charging areas available at the West Windsor Senior Center 24/7.  Residents can charge their electronic devices either outdoors in front of the senior center at the secure charging station, or go around back and use the outlets on the patio and gazebo.  Please bring your own chair and disinfectant. Masks will be required to be worn in all areas as well as social distancing.  Outdoor areas will be cleaned once a day. The senior center Wi-Fi is available from the parking lot of the senior center.

JCP&L has activated a free water and ice program at the following locations for area customers who are without power. Locations in Somerset, Hunterdon, and Mercer Counties:
Kings Supermarket, 450 Rt. 206N & Hills Dr., Bedminster
Shop Rite of Hunterdon, 50 Rte 513 BLDG D, Clinton
Shop Rite of Hunterdon, 272 Rt. 202 & Rt. 31, Flemington
Kings Supermarket, 531 U.S. Hwy. 22 East, Whitehouse Station
Shop Rite -Branchburg, 3166 Rt 22, Somerville
Shop Rite ‚Äď Pennington, 2555 Pennington Rd, Pennington
East Windsor Shoprite – 319 Route 130 North, East Windsor