NJ thunderstorms plunge thousands into darkness
Thunderstorms that marched across New Jersey on Wednesday night left tens of thousands of people in the dark on a muggy night.
The outrage situation improved greatly overnight after over 43,000 customers were without power just before 10 p.m.
PSE&G customers in Burlington (Mt. Laurel), Camden (Collingswood & Pennsauken), Essex (Bloomfield), Gloucester (Deptford), Mercer (Ewing, Lawrence & Princeton) and Middlesex (Woodbridge) counties were especially hard hit while JCP&L customers in Monmouth (Freehold Township), Morris (Mt. Olive) and Ocean (Lakewood) counties had the more outages.
Atlantic City Electric customers in Atlantic (Buena) and Camden (Gloucester Twp) had the most outages.
As of 5:30 a.m. just over 7,000 customers were without power.
The storms brought 2 inches of rain in a swath from Hunterdon-Warren-Morris-Essex counties along with gusty winds, lightning and a quick drop in temperature, according to New Jersey 101.5 Chief Meteorologist Dan Zarrow. The National Weather Service reported 2.3 inches of rain falling in 45 minutes in Hunterdon.
The storms created flooding conditions on the Garden State Parkway in Irvington with only the center lane available, according to New Jersey Fast Traffic. Zarrow said the area got an inch-and-a-half of rain in a short period of time which contributed to the Parkway flooding.
The storms also brought a tree onto the 42 Freeway near College Drive in Gloucester Township. Flooding was reported on Route 295 near Bordentown.
Kearny Mayor Alberto Santos told News 12 New Jersey a fire at the abandoned 1D Landfill may have been sparked by lightning.
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