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More Than 15,000 Without Power As Storm Blows Through; 1,000 in Lacey

JCP&L Working to Restore Electricity; National Weather Service Had Issued Storm Alert

Tens of thousands are without power after a storm blew through Monmouth and Ocean counties Saturday.

A half-hour storm just blew threw Ocean County and parts of Monmouth, and Jersey Central Power and Light says it hopes to have power restored by 3 p.m.

The storm threat was issued for primarily northern Ocean and Monmouth counties.

“We have 27,000 people in Ocean County who have been affected by the outage,” said Stan Prater, Area Manager for JCP&L.

Prater explained that the towns hardest hit by the storm were Lacey, with 1,000 customers experiencing a power loss, Brick, which had 5,000 customers without electricity, Lakewood, with a total of 5,400 without power, and most especially, Toms River, which saw 11,500 who lost electricity.

The outages affected traffic lights throughout the area, causing traffic backups on Route 70, residents reported.

“We are doing our assessments now, for the storm which just passed through,” said Prater.

Prater could not give a timetable for when power would be restored to all residents in the region at this time, and commented that this storm differed from the one on Thursday evening, which affected more citizens throughout the state. The impact of this storm, Prater indicated, was more isolated to Ocean County.

For updates and a power outage map updated in real-time, please visit JCP&L’s website for more information on your area.

Elaine Buzzeo July 28, 2012 at 09:01 PM
No power here at my house :(
Jeannie Blythe July 28, 2012 at 09:59 PM
Now I see the reason for your name!!!!
want2say July 28, 2012 at 10:31 PM
that lightning was really scary, especially those two that must have been right in my yard! i swore it hit my tree!
2much2say July 28, 2012 at 10:47 PM
Right on mark story! Green grass!
Doris Cauda July 28, 2012 at 10:53 PM
Here in Silver Ridge Park, in the wrinkled villages, we had two periods of heavy rain. One about noon with thunder and later around 3:00 p.m. with no thunder but strong winds. The lights went out for a split second, enough to knock off my microwave and satellite dish but nothing else. At least my hanging basket ferns got watered but good! Waiting for the cool weather of October, hate hot and humid. Ugh
Mattie July 28, 2012 at 11:01 PM
I haven't been to the community pool in a week. My tan is fading! ;-) I'm so tired of cloudy, humid, 90 degree weather with the daily downpours. I feel like I'm living in the rainforests!
George July 28, 2012 at 11:29 PM
Climate change brings more extreme weather, not just warmer on average... More violent storms, droughts, tornadoes, hurricanes, blizzards... But some of you will vote for Romney because the Party of No opposes all that.
Stan Walker July 28, 2012 at 11:33 PM
Give it a rest.
wharfrat July 29, 2012 at 01:23 AM
We're in Cranberry Hill area of Lacey. Our power was out from about 6:30 PM until 7:20.
mary_kate July 29, 2012 at 01:50 AM
We need to go and blow up the moon.
mary_kate July 29, 2012 at 01:54 AM
Power still on in Silverton, looks like another round coming though.
Laci July 29, 2012 at 01:56 AM
Moisture from these recent thunderstorms do little for dry soil, just runs off into the bay as compared to a nice slow steady 24 hour rainfall. Great for a green crabgrass infested lawn though.. Other than that, work outside and your tan will be just fine and the snowblower I bought last year was never even fired up.
mary_kate July 29, 2012 at 02:01 AM
So I guess you better go cut your green crabgrass infested lawn tomorrow then.
poppajon July 29, 2012 at 02:29 AM
Hey ALL its five o clock somewhere
Slippery Slope July 29, 2012 at 02:35 AM
Smoke a little choom. It's medicinal you know. Might help that constipation.
Slippery Slope July 29, 2012 at 02:36 AM
Grass? You mean choom. You got any extra?
kid money July 29, 2012 at 02:58 AM
Does anyone know if power has been restored?
Rob July 29, 2012 at 03:50 AM
No power around Monmouth Medical Center here in Long Branch for last hour.
. July 29, 2012 at 04:28 AM
Isn't it ridiculous? I can remember years ago power going out whenever we had a storm and now years later with all this modern technology, we lose power more than ever...and if youl live in Toms River, you get those 1 minute outages for no reason, but just long enough that you have to reset every clock in the house!
Dentss Dunnagun July 29, 2012 at 09:06 AM
Lost power in Little silver ...OH wait ,no just a burnt out light bulb
Joe P July 29, 2012 at 01:05 PM
ABO!!!
richard July 29, 2012 at 04:57 PM
Good luck to everyone! Hopefully we all keep our power on. http://jokeofthedayblog.blogspot.com
2much2say July 29, 2012 at 08:43 PM
No, lawn grass and it's great. Those heavy drops are defiantly getting in the soil. I'm not having a burnt out lawn this year. Use that sunblock!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I too cannot wait for the fall, I hate to sweat. Ugh, hahaha
2much2say July 29, 2012 at 08:44 PM
I heard freehold was extremely bad. I also heard that they are shopping free ice & water Hope all is well now!
2much2say July 29, 2012 at 08:46 PM
Is the picture above from our storm? It's pretty
grace July 29, 2012 at 11:20 PM
sort of like south toms river
grace July 29, 2012 at 11:23 PM
looks like obama to me
Keeping whats mine July 30, 2012 at 11:32 AM
At least in Bayville, JCP&L has third world equipment. Power goes out for no reason. Gotta have a generator, be self sufficient. You cannot depend on them
Michiel Van Kets August 02, 2012 at 06:28 AM
Thank god only the power got cut off. Pitty the old folks and pregnant ladies. Hope everything will be restored soon.
Daniel Anderson October 10, 2012 at 07:33 AM
Thank god only the power got cut off. Pitty the old folks and pregnant ladies. Hope everything will be restored soon.

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