NEWTON, NJ – Severe storms with wind, rain, thunder and lightening blew through Newton, taking down trees and knocking out power all over town.
As of 10:28 p.m. JCP&L reports 1091 customers are without power equating to 28.37 percent. Newton has two substations affected with 10 damaged circuits. They report 1042 utility poles are involved affecting 29 miles of distribution lines.
Newton Police Chief Michael Richards said police have responded to “about 10 reports of trees down on roadways, cars, wires and homes.”
Richards said officers and DPW workers have removed the trees to make streets passable. Additionally a roof was partially blown off of 71-73 Spring Street exposing the apartments to the weather. The roof landed in the parking lot off of Trinity Street, Richards said.
A representative from JCP&L said crews are currently assessing the damage. They are prioritizing clean-up and repairs to “critical customers and getting roads opened.” Additional crews will be working tomorrow.
In Sussex County 19,569 customers are affected by outages equating to 33.95 percent.
This article will be updated as new information becomes available.