SOUTH ORANGE, NJ – Power has been restored to some homes after an underground transformer blew out around 1 p.m., according to village Trustee Sheena Collum.

The transformer, at Ridgewood and Third, serves about 900 households. Collum said that Public Service Electric & Gas planned to switch about 780 of the households to an alternate circuit in order to restore power as soon as possible.

However, according to Collum, about 115 households, mainly those in the area of Walton, Audley, Lenox, Thomden and adjacent streets, could be without power for 10-12 hours. “PSE&G (said it) will do everything possible to reduce that time as they continue to work on the problem,” Collum wrote in a Facebook post.

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She said the village will continue to evaluate the need to extend the South Orange Public Library’s Sunday hours (1-5 p.m.) for use as a shelter location, if needed.

Residents can reach PSE&G at 800-436-PSEG (7734).