Byram Township warns residents on storm

Updates on outtages; generator safety

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Byram Township sent the following notifications by email to residents on Tuesday:

Power outtages: Maybe some light at the end of the tunnel. JCP&L has indicated to us that there are crews headed to town to begin repairs and restoration. They have said they will first hit the Cranberry / North Shore Road area, then Cranberry / South Shore Road area, and then Hunters Lane / Manu Trail area. We are cautiously optimistic and will report more as we know more. There are also reports of a service repair truck in town, whose job is to make repairs to residential services and individual houses. Please understand that the information flow from JCP&L has been variable and spotty, and we are only reporting what we are being told.

Portable generator safety: Over the last 24 hours, the Byram Township Fire Department has responded to several emergency calls regarding carbon monoxide alarms. In every case, this was the result of portable generators emitting exhaust into homes. Carbon monoxide is an invisible, poisonous gas. Make sure that there is proper ventilation. Do not operate your portable generator in-doors, in a garage or other enclosed structure or near open windows. If you experience dizziness, fatigue, headache, nausea or irregular breathing, turn off the portable generator, get fresh air and seek medical attention.

Impending storm: Now, to the bad news. Residents should become fully aware of another impending storm in our area. At 5:00 AM today, the National Weather Service issued their third briefing on this storm. There is now a winter storm warning beginning at 7:00 PM tonight, March 6th, 2018. They are predicting between 8 and 12 inches of snow in our area, with upwards of 18 inches in certain areas. They are saying there is the possibility of gusting winds up to 45 mph. This storm will extend into Thursday evening. Residents are strongly urged to stay off the roads tomorrow. Because this storm will likely begin as a rain event that then changes over to snow, it is possible roadways will become icy. The most up to date NWS Weather Briefings can be found here:

Snow preparation: Byram Township road crews will be out addressing road conditions in real time throughout the storm. With this much snow being predicted, and at the rate that it is going to accumulate, it is imperative that no cars are left in the roadways. Please park them in your driveways or on your property so that we can properly and quickly remove snow from the roads, pursuant to Township Ordinance 230-30 ( Also, we would ask that you review the townships “Snow and Ice Control Operation Plan”, available at

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