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Thousands without power after nor’easter

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Snow falls on the Garden State Parkway Thursday afternoon northbound near mile 119.
Russ Zimmer and Ryan Ross, Asbury Park Press

Thousands of Jersey Central Power & Light customers had no power Friday morning as the tail end of a powerful nor’easter lingered over the Garden State, with the shoreline showing some of the highest numbers of outages.

But by Friday afternoon, with the coastal storm well north of the area, the lights were mostly back on across the Jersey Shore.

Monmouth County was the hardest hit for JCP&L with 5,882 customers in the dark as of shortly after 6 a.m. Friday according to the utility’s outage map, although that figure had dropped to 3,070 by 8 a.m. and below 1,000 by 2:30 p.m.

Within Monmouth County, Tinton Falls showed the most outages for any town with 1,224 at one point. There were also high numbers of reported blackouts also in Wall, Neptune, Long Branch and Highlands.

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Ocean County was a distant second, with 662 outages at 6 a.m. but 1,316 reported by 8 a.m. and about 400 by 2:30 p.m., according to the utility. Morris County reported 598 around 6 a.m. but that figure had increased to 1,028 by a.m., at which time Warren County had 1,083 outages.

Despite the fluctuating numbers of outages JCP&L’s projected restoration time for the Jersey Shore remained around 2 p.m. or earlier.

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2018-11-16 21:16:34

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