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Traffic Lights Out As Power Outage Hits Toms River And Brick

Police directing traffic on Route 9

Jersey Central Power & Light reported 557 customers in Toms River were without power Friday night, and 1,500 in Brick were also powerless.

Police confirmed the Route 9 corridor in Toms River was affected, with traffic lights at Cox Cro Road out. Toms River Police were on scene directing traffic in Pleasant Plains and North Dover.

The power outages come after a thunderstorm swept through Ocean County.

JCP&L released a statement urging safety: "JCP&L is experiencing power outages throughout our service area. Crews are working to restore power to all affected areas as quickly and safely as possible. If you have not yet reported your service as being out, please use the report an outage link or call 1-888-544-4877. If you are experiencing a life threatening emergency call 911. Remember to treat all downed wires as live and dangerous."

For Toms River, the National Weather Service says thunderstorms were possible through 9 p.m. "Scattered showers and thunderstorms before 9 p.m.. Partly cloudy, with a low around 72. Southwest wind 5 to 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms."

Rose August 04, 2012 at 07:52 PM
Jcpl sucks
J dogg 79 August 04, 2012 at 09:07 PM
thats crazy
John Pine August 05, 2012 at 12:48 AM
I'm trying to see what JCP&L's problems are caused by. Their distribution poles look decent with the spacer cables, but the subtransmission lines that go out from the substations aren't in the best shape. The crossarm style on those (like upside down RR tracks) is quite susceptible to lightning strikes which burn out transformers, knocking out power. While the utlity where I live (LIPA) has cheap-ass distribution poles, the subtransmission network is on newer poles with armless construction, less likely to be damaged by lightning strikes. So large township wide outages aren't common unless in the most severe of storms. Take a look along Chambers and Cedar Bridge Roads by Brick Blvd, those are aging subtransmission poles that should've been replaced years ago. JCP&L sorely needs to upgrade this part of their network. Especially since the storms are getting worse due to climate change, and the fact that the rising air over the Pine Barrens feeds these storms. It's cheaper in the long run to upgrade the network, than have lost revenue and damaged equipment from outages. Something similar happened to a line in Holiday Heights a couple of weeks ago, blew several substations when it should've detected the fault and de-energized. There really needs to be an investigation into JCP&L's equipment.
John Pine August 05, 2012 at 12:55 AM
It seems the line fuses and substations aren't properly doing their job. If current cannot be kept at a steady voltage or rises above a certain limit a fuse is supposed to blow protecting the equipment. I've never experienced that sort of thing where I live, with LIPA it usually goes out and stays out instead of trying to reenergize a bad circuit.
Smot Revir August 05, 2012 at 11:29 AM
@ JOHN PINE...WOW,....you need a hobby brother !

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