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Winter Storm Dumps Snow On Garden State, Knocks Out Power

Christie Tells Residents 'Be Smart, Be Careful' And To Stay Off The Roads
New Jersey Turnpike near the Pulaski Skyway - Feb. 8, 2013 (credit: NJ511)

New Jersey Turnpike near the Pulaski Skyway – Feb. 8, 2013 (credit: NJ511)

TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A massive storm unleashed its fury on New Jersey on Friday, dumping large amounts of snow and causing power outages across the Garden State.

The northeastern part of the state was expected to get a foot or more of snow as the storm intensified overnight.

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Up to 10 inches was forecast for central and northern areas of the state and 2 to 5 inches for south Jersey.

“This is a complex storm,” Gov. Chris Christie said Friday. “Just generally be smart and be careful and if you can be off the roads, that would be more helpful.”

Christie said the speed limit on Interstate-95 north of Newark had been reduced to 45 mph. He said the state Department of Transportation had 3,000 trucks ready to deploy.

Friday night, PSE&G said 2,800 customers were without power.

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Jersey Central Power & Light reported about three dozen customers without power Friday night.

“We have all of our employees prepared to engage around the clock efforts should there be power outages,” JCP&L spokesman Ron Morano told 1010 WINS.

The storm forced the cancellation of hundreds of flights into and out of Newark Liberty International Airport and the suspension of train and bus service in northern New Jersey.

Earlier Friday, lines formed at some gas stations in northern New Jersey as people rushed to fill up before the worst of the storm hit. Others packed stores to stock up on supplies.

“Completely out of bread,” one shopper told WCBS 880 reporter Levon Putney.

“As long as I got tuna fish and eggs, that’s all I need,” said another.

In Essex County, Executive Joe DiVincenzo asked drivers to not park on county roads so plows can keep them clear.

“We’ve been through this before and we just want our residents to be safe and let us do our job and stay off the roads,” he said.

Alice Gainer Reports From Bernardsville:

Flooding from the storm was also a concern.

Parts of the coast were expected to see waves up to 12 feet and minor to moderate flooding during high tide.

Toms River emergency management director Paul Daley said it is “very likely” some areas in the township may flood, including land near the Barnegat Bay. Those areas have become more prone to flooding since Superstorm Sandy struck in late October.

NJ TRANSIT cross-honored tickets system wide Friday and will continue cross-honoring on Saturday, but has suspended train and bus service on some lines.

The agency suspended service on the Morris & Essex, Montclair-Boonton and Midtown Direct lines on Friday. They will remain suspended through Saturday.

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The Port Authority said it will deploy extra workers at all of its facilities. Any service changes or disruptions will be made available on its website or on Twitter. For more information on PATH, click here: Website | Twitter.

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