Publishers note: be sure to log your outage from your actual address so you can sign up for text and phone alerts about the dispatch status and a (hopefully) more accurate estimate on your return to power.
MONMOUTH, NJ - "You're kidding, right?" This is a common reply from people who got their power back to neighbors who didn't. For those who still don't have power, they may not even be reading this update.
As of Saturday morning at 11AM, the outages are as follows:
Colts Neck - 47% - 1892 without power
Holmdel - 30% - 2095 without power
Middletown - 13% - 3604 without power
In Monmouth County, the hardest hit town that is still without power is Fair Haven. According to his Twitter account, local Senator Declan O'Scanlon, a Fair Haven resident, tweeted that he will continue working hard to get power back on. "Your local, county and state officials are all hearing your voices, coordinating with JCP&L on an ongoing basis. Won't stop until the lights are on."
Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso (Holmdel - with 2095 still in the dark) stated "Honestly, I'm a little bit disappointed." APP
As of Friday, JCP&L reported that service has been restored to approximately 566,000 JCP&L customers – more than 72% of the 788,000 customers impacted by the storm.
"More than 8,000 utility personnel from JCP&L, other FirstEnergy companies, and partner utilities from electric industry mutual assistance organizations continue working around the clock to restore power to about 221,000 JCP&L customers who remain without power, which includes approximately 155,000 customers in the hardest hit areas of Morris, Monmouth and Union counties. Utility crews have replaced more than 68,000 feet of wire, hundreds of poles and crossarms, and worked through more than 360 closed roads to repair service." stated the media release.
Based on current outages and damage assessments, approximately 85% of affected customers are expected to be restored by the end of the day today, according to the utility. The majority of remaining customers in both the Northern and Central Regions are expected to be restored by Tuesday, August 11 at 11:30 p.m.
Additional information from JCP&L:
During severe weather, customers who are without power are encouraged to call 1-888-LIGHTSS (1-888-544-4877) to report their outage or click the "Report Outage" link on www.firstenergycorp.com. Customers should immediately report downed wires to their utility or their local police or fire department. Customers should never go near a downed power line, even if they think it is no longer carrying electricity. Extra caution should be exercised in areas where downed wires may be tangled in downed tree branches or other debris.
To safeguard the health and safety of FirstEnergy employees, contractors and the public, please respect social distancing protocols as utility personnel work around the clock to restore all power outages caused by Tropical Storm Isaias.
- Water and Ice Locations: Water and ice are available to customers without service due to yesterday's storm. For a list of locations, visit www.firstenergycorp.com/storminfo and click on "water and ice locations."
- Customer Generators: Emergency power generators offer an option for customers needing or wanting uninterrupted service. However, to ensure the safety of the home's occupants as well as that of utility company employees who may be working on power lines in the area, the proper generator should be selected and installed by a qualified electrician. When operating a generator, the power coming into the home should always be disconnected. Otherwise, power from the generator could be sent back onto the utility lines, creating a hazardous situation for utility workers.