SPARTA, NJ – Sparta Township police report the microburst storm that hit the town has caused numerous power outages, extensive damage and street closures.  As of According to police the brunt of the storm hit East Shore Trail, West Shore Trail and Stanhope Road section of town.

As of 10 a.m. Sparta police report JCP&L continue to work to restore power to residents affected by yesterday evening's storm.  They report more than 4000 people were initially without power but as of 10 a.m. that number has been reduced to about 680 customers.  They currently have "tree crews and line crews working in the Lake Mohawk section of town," according to JCP&L.  

Police also report East Shore Trail as "currently the largest problem being addressed," with the road closed in the area of Balsam Parkway.  Sparta police are detouring traffic using Park Road and Spear Terrace.

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According to Sparta police, JCP&L report power should be restored to Stanhope Road, Tall Oaks, Green Apple Road, Hickory Trail, Alpine Trail and Hillside around 1:45 a.m.

Sparta Police report road closures due to downed power lines:

  • Hickory Trail
  • Cheyenne Trail at Green Road
  • West Shore Trail in the area of the 300 block
  • East Shore Trail near Oak Parkway
  • Alpine Trail near Mountain Drive

JCP & L has been notified and they are reported to be organizing crews.  They are dealing with widespread damage throughout Sussex and Morris County, according to officials.

Sparta police encourage residents to report outages to JCP & L at 1-888-lightss and report damage to the Sparta police. 

The Sparta Office of Emergency Management has activated the GOTO center at the police department on Main Street, for anyone needing to “charge devices or cool down.”  Residents are asked to speak with the dispatcher for more information.

This article will be periodically updated as information becomes available.