Mobile2 Checks Out Storm-Decimated New Jersey


DEALING WITH CLEAN UP AND MORE POWER OUTAGES. WE ARE SHOWING YOU WHAT PEOPLE ARE COPING WITH AT THIS HOUR. MAGDALENA DORIS IS LIVE IN MOBILE 2 WITH HOW DRIVERS WERE STRANDED IN NEW JERSEY. MAGGIE? Reporter: A VERY FRUSTRATING MORNING, CHRIS AND MARY. WE ARE ON 287 SOUTH NOW. WE SAW A LOT OF SPINOUTS. ALL THE REINFORCEMENTS FROM CENTRAL NEW JERSEY ARE BEING CALLED UP TO NORTHERN AND WESTERN PARTS OF THE STATE, THOSE PARTS HIT THE HARDEST. AND DRIVERS FELT IT THIS MORNING. Reporter: BEFORE THE SUN ROSE, THE CLOUDS WERE OUT IN FORCE. FLASHING LIGHTS WARNED OF DANGER AHEAD, LIKE THIS DOWNED TREE, COVERING A SILVER SEDAN ON PLEASANT VALLEY WAY IN WEST ORANGE. TOW TRUCK DRIVERS CAME TO THE AID OF STRANDED MOTORISTS AFTER THIS NOR’EASTER HIT NORTHERN NEW JERSEY. Reporter: HOW MANY CARS HAVE YOU HAD TO RESCUE OR TOW? 20. Reporter: AS COMMUTERS MADE THEIR WAY TO HIGHWAY, THEY WERE MET WITH BUMPER TO BUMPER TRAFFIC FOR MILES. DRIVERS PUSHING THE STALLED CARS THROUGH THE ICY MESS ON THE ROAD. SLIDING A LAYER OF PACKED SNOW ON INTERSTATE 287. THE ICE AND THE SNOW WAS SO COLD THE PLOWS COULDN’T BREAK THE GRAIN. NORMALLY IN A SNOWSTORM LIKE THIS IT IS CLEAN. THE SALT DIDN’T DO WHAT IT WAS SUPPOSED TO DO. Reporter: WHY WERE THE ENTRANCE RAMPS TO 287 LEFT OPEN BY STATE POLICE AND THE D.O.T.? DRIVERS WERE ABLE TO GET ONTO THE HIGHWAY, ONLY TO BE MET WITH A MESS. I SAW TRACTOR TRAILERS STUCK TO THE RAMPS. ONCE YOU SEE A TRACTOR TRAILER STUCK ON THE RAMP, YOU KNOW THERE IS A PROBLEM. Reporter: BY 58:00 A.M. STATE — BY 8:00 A.M. STATE POLICE SHUT DOWN EXIT 55 AFTER YET ANOTHER TRACTOR TRAILER ACCIDENT. THAT IS FORCING DRIVERS TO AVOID THE HIGHWAY ALL TOGETHER. GOING NORTH, IT IS PRETTY BAD. ALL THE WAY TO 208. SO I’M TRYING TO GET FROM 23. Reporter: THE COMMUTE WAS DICEY ON 280, THE EXPRESS LANES BLOCKED BY A SPINOUT. TRAFFIC IN UNION, NEW JERSEY HALTED AS AN 18 WHEELER WAITED FOR AN EMERGENCY TOW. NOW HERE LIVE IN MOBILE 2, YOU CAN SEE THERE IS STILL SOME SNOW AND ICE ON THE ROADWAYS, MOST OF IT, THANKFULLY, NOW PUSHED OFF. AND WE ARE HELPED OUT BY THE SUNSHINE. THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION SAYS THERE WAS KIND OF A MIX OF ISSUES GOING ON THIS MORNING, THOSE STRANDED CARS MAKING IT DIFFICULT FOR THE PLOWS TO GET THROUGH. AND THERE WERE ALSO ISSUES, OF COURSE, WITH DOWNED WIRES AND BRANCHES. THAT CLEAN UP WILL CONTINUE FOR THE REST OF THE DAY AND MAYBE EVEN INTO TOMORROW.

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