High winds knocked down power lines off campus, disrupting power to the Lawrenceville campus for nearly two hours on Monday, officials said.

A regional power outage cause by downed power lines occurred Monday, Dec. 3, at 10:52 a.m., and affected the school’s main campus, said Public Service Electric and Gas spokesperson Patty Johnson. Power was restored by 12:50 p.m.

The Princeton campus was unaffected by this event.

Food services remained open, even though those buildings lacked power, said Dan Higgins, executive director of University Communications.

There was sufficient natural light in the academic buildings to continue with classes, he said.

“Generators were providing emergency light and heat in the buildings,” Higgins said in a press release. “Facilities had several backup generators on hand to meet any additional needs.”

The RiderAlert system, which messages those who signed up for the service, was activated, alerting the campus to the situation, according to the press release.

Lawrence Township Police Department asked Public Safety to close the main entrance on Rt. 206 because the traffic light was out, said Vickie Weaver, director of the Department of Public Safety. Traffic was diverted to the South Entrance.

Public Safety meanwhile went around campus to look for people who may have become trapped in stalled elevators, she said. There were no reported incidents of trapped riders.

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