Belmar Fire Marshal: Power Up Generators with Abundance of Caution
BELMAR/LAKE COMO, NJ — Tropical Storm Isaias whipped through Belmar and Lake Como on Tuesday, leaving in its wake toppled and tussled trees, as well as power outages that may last through the weekend.
As of 6 p.m. on August 5, Jersey Central Power & Light reported on its website that about one-half of its 4,500 Belmar customers are still without power, while 88 of its 1,000 customers in Lake Como remain in the dark.
In Belmar, most of the outages appear to be centered between Ninth and 17th Avenues, east of Main Street, with another pocket of powerless homes situated along 16th Avenue on the west side, where a large tree still blocks the roadway near the intersection of L Street.
In a post on its Facebook page at 9 a.m., JCP&L said, “Three thousand workers continue working 24/7 to assess damage and restore about 569,000 customers without power due to Tropical Storm Isaias, down from about 753,000 total customers affected. More crews are on the way, and we'll be setting up additional staging sites to accommodate them. We will continue to provide updates throughout the day."
Click here to access JCP&L's website for outage information.
Click here to find out how JCP&L prioritizes restoration work.
Officials have reported on various media outlets that power restoration could take up to several days.
To report a power outage, call Jersey Central Power & Light at 1-888-LIGHTSS (1-888-544-4877) or visit its website at www.firstenergycorp.com and click on the “Report Outage” link, or text to 544487.
To report downed power lines, call the Belmar Police Department at 911.
Following the storm, more than 1.3 million power outages were reported throughout New Jersey, with 977,000 still awaiting restoration as of noon on August 5, according to state officials.
SAFETY TIPS WHEN USING PORTABLE GENERATORS
Belmar Fire Marshal Ryan Dullea reminds all residents and property owners to follow these generator safety tips, particularly as they power them up awaiting the return of electrical service in the wake of Tropical Storm Issias.
For more information, Dullea can be reached at 732-681-3700, ext. 239, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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