Updated 9:30 a.m., 10:15 a.m., 2:42 p.m., 5:45 p.m., 10:10 p.m.
With three schools without power and many roads, particularly in Short Hills impassable, Millburn Schools will be closed on Monday.
Deerfield, Hartshorn and Glenwood are without power and Mayor Sandra Haimoff said there is no way buses could get through some of the streets on the bus routes.
"Basically this storm did the most damage in Short Hills," said Haimoff, who rode the streets of the town with Town Business Adminstrator Tim Gordon and Fire Chief Mike Roberts. "There are wires and trees down everywhere. It's very dangerous right now.
"We saw people walking around to look at the damage but that is extremely dangerous," she said. "We want to emphasize that people should not attempt to touch trees because there could be wires underneath them."
In fact County Adminstrator, Joseph DiVincenzo has suggested parents find alternatives to door-to-door trick-or-treating this year.
At 5:45 p.m. Haimoff heard from power company officials that they estimate that 95 percent of homes in Millburn-Short Hills will have power by Thursday and they hope to have the rest powered up by Friday.
Also at that time, they told her that more homes would be with out power for about an hour while they work to get about 800 homes back online in the area around Cypress and Cambridge this evening.
Haimoff reported that the Department of Public Works and private contractors have cleared all the trees that can be cleared and the ones that are left are entangled with power lines and have to be removed by Jersey Central Power & Light.
For the first time in 61 years, Millburn did not have its Halloween Parade and in Short Hills it will be dangerous to trick-or-treat in a lot of the neighborhoods.
With more than 3,300 people still without power and trees and wires down, Fire Chief Mike Roberts said the fire department had to cancel because safety concerns.
"I don't want to promote people coming out of their homes for this," he said. "There are places where it's not safe."
The Mall at Short Hills is closed today because it is without power and there are downed wires on roads leading to it; Route 124 between Kings and the Mall is closed because of downed trees and wires.
Firefighters answered 150 calls Saturday night, mostly for wires and trees down, but also some stranded motorists and some carbon monoxide alarms, he said.
"I was driving [township business adminstrator] Tim Gordon around and the branches were snapping and dropping all around us," Roberts said.
Jersey Central Power & Light is in a “make safe” mode in Northern New Jersey today, as it tries to restore power to 270,000 customers.
With all the downed trees and wires, getting power back on will most likely be a multi-day event, said Haimoff, who is in touch with the power company this time around.
Haimoff said power company officials told her this morning that they hope to restore power to 50,000 to 70,000 customers today in several counties in northern New Jersey without power.
“We have the same frustration as with Irene with the power being out but at least we are getting some information this time,” she said.
During Irene, the township could not even get in touch with JCP&L, she said. This time, she's in contact with the company and is giving the one JCP&L truck they've found in town a police escort to each location because she does not want it to leave.
"And any other truck that comes to town will get the same reception," she said.
According to JCP&L’s outage website, at 2:40 p.m., 3,363 customers in Short Hills and Millburn are without power, with 2,846 of those in Short Hills. Most of those without power were also with power overnight. According to Haimoff and JCP&L's Twitter remarks, additional crews from Ohio and Central New Jersey are in Northern New Jersey working to make it safe and restore power. However, it could be days before power is restored.
As for the parade, the 61st Annual Edward J. O'Brien Halloween Parade was scheduled for today from noon to 3 p.m. in Taylor Park and the Fire Department had already paid for a lot of the event, which was to include prizes for costumes, food, a hay ride, pony rides, and a pumpkin patch.
"I don't know what I'm going to do with 300 pumpkins," Roberts said.
Cancelling the parade was sad because it's a tradition and more than 300 children had pre-registered as of early last week, he said. Plus, it will be a beautiful day by noon, but power may still be out and lines and trees will still be down.
JCP&L customers are urged to call 1-888-LIGHTSS(544-4877) to report power outages or any other issue.