SUMMIT, NJ - Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) is reporting that more than 6,400 customers are without power in Summit due to the effects of Tropical Storm Isaias. More than 20,000 households are affected throughout Union County.

Many of the outages were caused by trees or parts of trees toppled by high winds -- with gusts exceeding 60 mph -- that then subsequently fell on power lines, with JCP&L crews working to safely address emergency issues first prior to determining the extent of the damage.

According to a message sent from the City of Summit, "it  is highly likely that some power outages may continue through the night into Wednesday. JCP&L is currently unable to provide estimated power restoration times. As soon as that information is available to the City of Summit, it will be provided."

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The City notes that multiple roads are closed with barricades and will remain so until fallen trees and downed wires are removed. Citizens are asked to not go around barricades or approach downed wires, and to report all power outages to JCP&L at 888-544-4877.

When safe to do so, residents are further asked to check on your neighbors, especially the elderly.