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Storms Knock out Power

Thousands lost power in thunderstorms that rolled through New Jersey on Tuesday night.

A tree on top of a car in Lakewood following Tuesday night storm
A tree on top of a car in Lakewood following Tuesday night storm (The Lakewood Scoop)

As of 9 a.m., 10,108 PSEG customers were still without power mostly in Burlington, Camden, Gloucester and Mercer counties according to their outage map.

Just under 5,000 JCP+L customers, mostly in Monmouth and Sussex counties are in the dark, 2,215Atlantic City Electric customers are waiting to be restored. “We are working to quickly and safely restore the remaining customers left without power,” tweeted the utility

PSEG in a statement said south Jersey was “hit hard” by the storms on Tuesday night and promised that their crews “will work throughout today to restore power with full restoration expected by midnight Wednesday.”  JCP+L tweeted  “Our storm response plan is in place and crews are assessing the damage”

All 3 utilities urge customers to continue reporting outages.

Winds gusted to over 40 mph in at least 25 locations according to PhillyWX.com. The highest recorded gusts include 62 mph in Runnemede and 60 in Southampton in Burlington County. A gust of 59 mph was recorded at Philadelphia International Airport.

New Jersey Fast Traffic reports debris and downed wires on NJ Transit’s Montclair-Boonton line caused 60 minute delays for commuters on Wednesday morning. The storm also brought down a tent at the Ocean County Fair at the Robert J. Miller Airpark injuring 3 according to the Riverside Signal.

Comments to the Facebook page of the National Weather Service’s Mt. Holly office say the storms roared in with strong winds, heavy rain and frequent lightning that tapered off.

More thunderstorms are expected to fire up this afternoon in scattered clusters according to the NWS’s Storm Prediction Center with the possibility of gusty winds and hail.

“It’ll be a little more hit-or-miss,” Sarah Johnson, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service’s office in Mount Holly tells the Star-Ledger “It’s not quite the same setup – it’s going to more scattered, and earlier in the day.”

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