Belmar Fire Marshal Stresses Importance of Safe Use of Portable Generators

BELMAR/LAKE COMO, NJ — A brief yet powerful storm ripped through Belmar and Lake Como at about 6:30 p.m. today, knocking down trees and power for most areas of both towns.

Jersey Central Power & Light reported on its website that outages were widespread in Belmar and Lake Como, affecting nearly 5,500 customers, or 99 percent of the population, in both municipalities. While there were areas in both communities that had power restored within a half-hour of when the storm hit, others still had no power as of 8:30 p.m. on July 22.

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Belmar’s business district along Main Street was without power, and the traffic lights were not working at most major intersections on that thoroughfare and on Routes 35 and 71. The Belmar Police Department, Belmar Fire Department and Belmar Department of Public Works were out in force minutes after the storm hit. There were no reports of injuries. 

To report a power outage, contact JCP&L by telephone at 1-888-LIGHTSS (544-4877) or visit its website at https://www.firstenergycorp.com/o…/Report_Power_Outages.html, where updates on power outages can be obtained.

In Monmouth County, nearly 130,000 JCP&L customers were without power at the height of the 6:30 p.m. storm.

SAFETY TIPS WHEN USING PORTABLE GENERATORS

Belmar Fire Marshal Ryan Dullea reminds all residents and property owners to follow these generator safety tipspdf, particularly in light of today's storm that triggered widespread power outages throughout both towns.

For more information, Dullea can be reached at 732-681-3700, ext. 239, or firemarshal@belmar.com.

 

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