Thousands in New Jersey remain in dark after storms
Wednesday nights' gusty winds and heavy rains have left the area but are still having an impact on New Jersey with power outages and flooded roadways.
"While the heaviest rain fell across the western half of New Jersey, the gusty winds did not discriminate," said meteorologist Dan Zarrow "According to the NJ Weather and Climate Network, 50+ mph winds were reported across all corners of the Garden State. Numerous downed trees and power lines were reported across the state."
A home was struck by lightning in Oakhurst according to a tweet from the fire department causing minimal damage while the Neptune Police Department reports a tree branch fell on a home in Neptune. The Daily Journal reports a branch fell onto the All Kids First II daycare center in Vineland.
Over 11,000 JCP&L, PS&G and Atlantic City Electric customers are all without power as of 6.a.m. according to their respective outage maps. Crews got out as soon as conditions were safe to make repairs and have been making progress with restoration; over 21,000 were out at 4 a.m. All the utilities urge customers to report any outages.
- JCP&L reports 5,106 customers without power mostly in Monmouth, Hunterdon, Morris and Ocean counties.
- PSE&G reports 4,637 customers without power in Camden and Middlesex counties with the bulk of the outages in Cherry Hill and New Brunswick.
- Atlantic City Electric reports 2,167 customers without power mostly in Atlantic County
Several roads around the state were still affected by high standing water heading into the morning commute including Route 22 in Somerset, I-78 in Newark and Route 130 in Westville. The speed on the Goethals and Outerbridge Crossing is down to 35 MPH due to high winds.
A Flood Warning is still in effect for Mercer & Somerset counties until 10:15 a.m. continuing runoff making its way into creeks and streams that could flood.
Flight delays in and out of Newark Liberty, JFK, LaGuardia and Philadelphia are minimal according to FlightAware.com. NJ Transit, Amtrak, SEPTA and PATH have not reported any storm related issues.
Only one delayed opening was reported this morning: Oceanport schools are on a 2-hour delay.