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'Sporadic' Power Outages Reported in Tri-Boro, Police Say

'It's basically the calm before the storm,' one police captain said.

'Sporadic' Power Outages Reported in Tri-Boro, Police Say

The effects of Hurricane Sandy started to show in the tri-boro Monday, but local police said even with the strong winds and rain, the boroughs were relatively quiet.

Kinnelon police Lt. John Schwartz said the borough saw a couple of trees come down, but patrolmen went out with chainsaws and cleaned up roadways quickly. No roads have been closed in Kinnelon yet and only a limited number of power outages were reported.

"Otherwise, things have been quiet," he said.

Schwartz said police would be setting up their emergency communications center at 4 p.m., where extra phone lines and people to answer them will be in place. Extra patrols have also been assigned for the next 48 hours, he said.

All three Kinnelon Volunteer Fire Co. firehouses will be open to the public, for those needing to make a phone call or with any other emergencies, and with fire personnel on hand to help. The borough also has plans to open a shelter, but only if needed.

"We're not going to open a shelter until we have somebody we need to put in there," Schwartz said.

The borough also offered a shelter last year at Kinnelon High School, although this year, Schwartz said the shelter would be at Pearl R. Miller School where there is a gas generator.

"It's not going to be luxurious accomodations, but it will be a warm place to sleep," Schwartz said.

Read all you need to know about what's closed during Hurricane Sandy here.

Bloomingdale police said the borough has not had any power outages reported yet and no roads have been closed.

Butler police Capt. Ciro Chimento said sporadic power outages have been reported but "nothing of any magnitude yet." Chimento said the borough has been quiet, as far as the police are concerned, with no injuries reported and no need to close roads.

"The storm is in its infancy yet so we're just still awaiting the big portion of it," he said.

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