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Stay Home, Off Roads, Hillsborough Police Urge

Tuesday morning alert says numerous downed trees, poles and wires are making it hazardous, and many cases impossible, to get around.

Stay Home, Off Roads, Hillsborough Police Urge Stay Home, Off Roads, Hillsborough Police Urge

Residents may now be experiencing the aftermath from Hurricane Sandy's landfall, but they are being strongly urged to stay off the roads on Tuesday.

The Hillsborough Police Department issued an alert through Nixle at 6:04 a.m. Tuesday telling township residents to stay home. The alert cited numerous downed trees, poles and wires, which have closed roads. 

As of 7 a.m. on Tuesday, most of the township was without power. PSE&G has the township outage number at greater than 10,000, while JCP&L reported 1,056 of its 1,060 costumers in Hillsborough without power.

Utility companies had said before the storm even hit that it could take up to 10 days to return power to all costumers. Lineworkers had been prevented from restoration efforts late Monday night and early Tuesday due to the high winds, which made it unsafe to go up in their bucket trucks. 

Hillsborough police say most traffic signals are not functioning, and intersections with non-functioning signals should be treated as four-way stops. However, the preference by authorities is that residents remain at home on Tuesday.

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