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Travel 'Extremely Hazardous,' Madison Police Warn

OEM is assessing damages, alert says.

All power is out in Madison and expected to stay that way for the foreseeable future, while borough police are warning residents of dangerous conditions.

An alert issued through Nixle by the Madison Police Department said the borough's office of emergency management is assessing the damage throughout the Rose City Tuesday morning.

Police warn that travel is exremely hazardous and ask all residents to stay in doors. They also warn that power outages will be lengthy. The alert was issued at 7:14 a.m. on Tuesday.

Jersey Central Power & Light feeder lines that supply electricity to the borough through the Madison Electric Department were reported down around 9:20 p.m. Monday, meaning all power is out for Madison.

Before the feeder lines were reported down, power already was out in many neighborhoods. By around 8 p.m., utility crews were being called in, except in the event of life-threatening emergencies, because of the severe weather, Madison's mayor said.

Mayor Bob Conley said power could be out for an extended amount of time.  Broken utility poles, downed lines and blown transformers have been reported around the borough, he said.

Live wires were falling across Madison roads at a fast rate and "multiple roads are completely impassable," police said.

"At this point we can't even keep up with those, nor would it be safe to send them out," Conley said of the live wires.

He said residents appeared to be doing a good job of using 9-1-1 only for emergencies and calling the emergency operations center at 973-408-8787 for other hurricane related needs.

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