Update: Widespread Power Outages Leave Parts Of N.J. In Dark. Here's Why


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Update: Widespread power outages leave parts of N.J. in dark. Here's why

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A hand-written sign  posted on the front door of the Wawa store on Route 1 north in the Avenel section of Woodbridge (Len Melisurgo/NJ Advance Media for NJ.com)
A hand-written sign posted on the front door of the Wawa store on Route 1 north in the Avenel section of Woodbridge (Len Melisurgo/NJ Advance Media for NJ.com)()

By Jeff Goldman

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NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

UPDATE: Power restored for many, but some still wait 

Tens of thousands of homes and businesses across the state are without power Friday due to a combination of issues at a substation and switching stations for two of the state's major utility companies, officials said.

The overall outages for PSE&G and JCP&L customers hit 50,000 customers by 11 a.m. The problem areas and numbers have changed rapidly through morning since the outages began around 5:30 a.m.

Union County was bearing the brunt of the outages at 11 a.m. with 21,000 PSE&G customers without electricity due to what a spokeswoman called weather-related damage to circuits at switching stations. In all, the state's largest utility company has around 40,000 affected customers. 

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-- Gene Coughlin (@Bluegeno67) January 12, 2018

By noon, PSE&G said it had restored power to 35,000 customers though the morning, and about 10,000 remain without power. The company's power outage map was also not updating correctly, a spokeswoman said.

Rain and condensation mixed with residual salt on roadways and walkways caused equipment to malfunction, spokeswoman Deann Muzikar said in an email.

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Most of those affected are in Cranford, Clark, Kenilworth, Mountainside, Elizabeth and Union. While some of the customers should have power restored within an hour, PSE&G isn't sure when everyone will have their electricity restored. 

Bergen, Essex and Passaic also have several thousand homes and businesses without power. 

A power outage in the Edison area forced the closure of one of New Jersey's largest shopping malls -- the Menlo Park Mall -- Friday afternoon. Another power outage, about four miles away from the mall, darkened traffic signals on Route 1 in the Avenel section of Woodbridge.

The Avenel outage prompted some local businesses to temporarily close Friday afternoon and also forced police to block traffic from entering Route 1 from Smith Street, because of the non-working traffic signals.

UPDATE:  Shortly before 5:30 p.m., Edison officials reported that the Menlo Park Mall has reopened. The mall is scheduled to remain open until its regular Friday closing time of 9:30 p.m.

The number of PSE&G outages has climbed substantially since 8:30 a.m. when there were about 6,000.

Meanwhile, more than 11,00 JCP&L customers were without power as of 11 a.m after an issue at a substation, a spokesman said. At the peak of the outages for JCP&L, more than 20,000 customers were without power.

(Note: PSE&G advised at noon that its outage data, which feeds this tracker may not be updating correctly)


Most of the outages are in Morris and Sussex counties, with Mount Olive and Byram having the most in their respective counties. 

Bryam schools are closed Friday because of a lack of power. Several others schools opened late. The County College of Morris, Wilson School in Lodi,  Hawthorne High School and Mountain Park School in Berkeley Heights all had a delayed opening. 

Several Newark schools have reported power outages throughout the day. At least one school - Central High School - has called for an early dismissal due to lost power.

Atlantic City Electric had about 1,700 outages earlier Friday morning, but all have been restored, spokesman Frank Tedesco said. 

NJ Advance Media staff writer Len Melisurgo contributed to this report. Jeff Goldman may be reached at [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter @JeffSGoldman. Find NJ.com on Facebook.


Source : http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2018/01/tens_of_thousands_still_without_power_after_substa.html

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