Montville residents could wait the full 7 to 10 days predicted without power, or even longer, according to a message sent by the police department Wednesday.
"Due to the severe wide-spread damage caused by Hurricane Sandy throughout New Jersey, JCP&L has been attempting to complete their overall evaluation of their utility infrastructure. Montville Township's electrical substations have been significantly damaged," the Nixle alert said.
While JCP&L works to bring the substations back online, the township's electrical infrastructure was damaged, particularly transformers, power lines and utility poles.
"The damage to the region's electrical delivery infrastructure is severe and may be out for some time. Residents should be prepared for long-term power outages, potentially 7 to 10 days or longer," police said.
Township officials are aware of the planned temperature drop and have set up several comfort stations and two shelters. However, for those using generators, police asked residents to use caution and always place generators outdoors.
"Additionally, do not heat your home with your stove and make sure that fire detectors have batteries that have been recently changed," police said.