NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Power went out in portions of the borough for several hours on Wednesday.
New Providence police report that an area encompassing the center of town, including police headquarters, lost power at around 5:30 p.m. This was prior to the onset of a heavy thunderstorm that hit the area after 6 p.m. and lit up the borough with several spectacular strikes of lightning.
The cause may have been the overload of utliity use late in the afternoon on a day when temperatures reached the mid-90s for the first time this year and the heat index exceeded 100 degrees.
As of 7:45 p.m., power had been restored in the affected area in the center of New Providence.
Jersey Central Power & Light offers these tips to be prepared in the event of severe weather that may lead to outages:
Follow these tips to be prepared for outages before they happen:
- Light. Keep a flashlight and extra batteries handy. Use care when burning candles; open flames are a dangerous fire hazard.
- Warmth. Have extra blankets or a sleeping bag for each person. Do not use gas stoves, grills or other open-flame appliances as a heat source. They could cause deadly carbon monoxide gas could build up in your home.
- Water. If you have a water well and pump, keep an emergency supply of bottled water.
- Food. If your home has an electric range, stock an emergency supply of convenience foods that do not require cooking.
- News and information. Keep a battery-powered radio with extra batteries on hand.