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No Power for 25,000 in Brick; Trees, Power Lines Down Across Town

Hurricane Sandy packing strong winds as it comes ashore

Nearly 25,000 Brick households were without power by 6 p.m. Monday, officials with Jersey Central Power and Light said.

The utility knew of 24,992 customers without power in town.

Strong winds from Hurricane Sandy knocked down trees, causing power lines to snap and transformers, in some instances, to explode.

JCP&L said crews will restore power once the storm ends and a damage assessment is taken.

Brick's emergency responders were being dispatched to calls on a constant basis all day Monday, officials said. Scanner reports indicated the bulk of the calls to the fire department were for trees that had come down, bringing live electrical wires with them.

Calls included a fire on Harvey Street, a live wire causing a vehicle fire on Coolidge Drive and wires arcing on Mantoloking Road. Reports from township residents also trickled in as the day went on of trees blocking various streets in town.

A ban on driving has been in effect since 11 p.m. Sunday and will remain in effect until township officials formally lift it.

There were a few reports of flooded streets in various sections of town, though nothing major was reported in either the mainland or island sections.

Public Works and road crews were removing fallen trees from roadways so emergency vehicles could cross.

According to a 5 p.m. update from the National Hurricane Center, Sandy was packing 90 m.p.h. winds. It made landfall shortly after 6 p.m. near Atlantic City.

Elizabeth October 29, 2012 at 10:46 PM
Anyone else seeing a weird green light in the sky? If so, do you know what it is?
A October 29, 2012 at 10:50 PM
It's the transformer by Villa Vittoria & live wires down on Old Hooper. Everytime the sky lights up green the power goes out
Hometown October 29, 2012 at 10:51 PM
I am seeing the same thing. I'm assuming it is the transformers blowing?
Jim October 29, 2012 at 10:53 PM
Yeah. On Princeton ave there is a transformer blowing up Near wherlen brothers marina. Not sure if it's pole is down though. Officials notified. I also see it from across the metedeconk on the mantaloking side
Hometown October 29, 2012 at 10:54 PM
It's really lighting up the sky. Everyone safe so far? How are the lagoons?
read bull October 29, 2012 at 11:20 PM
im in herbertsville - so far, only lost power for 5 minutes. come on up! good luck everyone!
John Zingis October 30, 2012 at 12:16 AM
There's no lightning, it's transformers. Caution, a loyt of them have PCB oils.
John Zingis October 30, 2012 at 12:19 AM
Basically, blowing transformers. UGH
Sally October 30, 2012 at 12:31 AM
Does anyone know if Cedar Village on Herbertsville Road has power? My parents live there. I'm in north Jersey. Thank you.
Greg Kiamie October 30, 2012 at 01:00 AM
Anyone know how lagoon properties on drumpoint are with water?
Andrea October 30, 2012 at 03:25 AM
The lagoon property is flooded.. Right now the water iis up to our waste..and beginning to enter inside my house..
Colleen October 30, 2012 at 03:29 AM
I closed on a house on South Drive in Metedeconk in September but haven't moved in yet because we're doing renovations. Can anyone give me an update on how things are there with this storm? I hope if you are there, you are safe and dry! Any info would be greatly appreciated.
Colleen October 30, 2012 at 03:43 AM
Andrea, Sorry to hear that. Where are you? What street? Stay safe!!
margot October 30, 2012 at 05:56 AM
does anyone know if brick town is ok or flooded? im in CA and my brother is off the 88 near circle.....
captainJ October 30, 2012 at 08:59 AM
Cherry Quay section.............Royal Drive has about 4' of water in the street
Jeff October 30, 2012 at 05:24 PM
Can anyone get a look at 69 Royal Drive? Its about half way down on the Perch Creek side small Gray shingled house with pine trees in the front yard. Thanks!
sarah r October 31, 2012 at 01:21 PM
Does anone know when or if people are safe and if there was flooding near 12 Amy Court in Brick. Are there any pictures of the condos there?

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