A power outage plunged several Monmouth County communities into darkness on a cold December night but it appears the power has been restored.As of 10:25 p.m. JCP&L's outage map showed all but a small handful of customers had their power restored in Eatontown, Shrewsbury and Tinton Falls. At 9:45 p.m. the map showed 4,233 customers without power but by 10:10 p.m. that number had shrunk dramatically to 853.

The Monmouth County Fire, Police and EMS Facebook page reports a fire on a utility pole on Hope Road in Eatontown may be the cause.