Widespread power outage in Monmouth County, NJ
A high-voltage transmission line problem left more than 20,000 JCP&L customers without power on Monday morning.
JCP&L spokesman Chris Hoening said that Eatontown, Middletown and Tinton Falls were hardest hit by the outage. Outages also registered on the JCP&L map in Colts Neck, Manasquan, Sea Girt, Spring Lake Heights, Spring Lake Borough and Wall Township.
Hoenig said that the utility began the process of re-energizing high-voltage lines late Monday morning. Before sub-stations can be re-energized they have to first be inspected for any potential damage to circuits. As of 2 p.m. two sub-stations had been re-energized with three to go, according to Hoenig.
As of 2 p.m. 5,964 JCP&L customers are still without power mostly in Belmar, Manasquan and Wall Township.
Inspection before restoration
Hoenig said that each time a sub-station is restored a few thousand customers get their power back.
"The restoration is underway. The time for final restoration I don't have yet. It really depends on how quickly they get through those inspections. They've moving he crews from sub-station to sub-station to get the inspection done and get them re-energized," Hoenig said.
Many gas stations and restaurants along Route 35 in Eatontown were closed because of a lack of power.
It's a sense of deja vu for residents in Middletown who also lost power on Sunday morning. Fewer than 1,000 customers were affected at first.
"When we did some switching there was a burnt path on one of the poles which knocked out additional customers because were putting an additional load on the line," Hoenig said.