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Big Mess After Snow Falls on Battered Toms River

Additional power outages, dangerous roads

A wintry mix that began at 1 p.m. soon turned to inches of snow in Toms River, plunging thousands more residents into power outages and leaving the township with dangerous road conditions and downed wires.

A reported 12 inches of snow had fallen on Manchester, as totals continued to climb and conditions remained poor.

Yesterday, 9,000 Toms River customers still had no power from Hurricane Sandy, according to Jersey Central Power & Light. At 5 a.m. Thursday, Nor'easter Athena made that number jump to 16,643.

As temperatures plunged to 32 degrees overnight, a high of 49 degrees is forecast for Toms River Thursday before dropping to near-freezing temperatures overnight.

Restoration effects were severely hampered by the nor'easter, which also included a mandatory evacuation of the barrier island and a voluntary evacuation of low-lying areas of Toms River.

Transformers were reportedly popping as the snap of branches and tree limbs became a common sound overnight.

Holiday City Silverton, without power for more than six days after the storm, was again plunged into darkness around 8 p.m. Wednesday. Cedar Grove Elementary School, where a nearby school bus blocked a dangerous roadway Wednesday, again lost power into Thursday. 

Sections of Silverton, North and West Dover, Fischer Boulevard and elsewhere reported outages since Hurricane Sandy remained through the storm. The Vaughn Avenue corridor, and Route 571 near the Ocean County Mall and again west of Route 9 all reported power outages to Toms River Patch.

A downed power line shuttered one lane of Indian Hill at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday as inches of snow and slush filled the roadway, creating skidding conditions.

The National Weather Service predicted the storm to continue through 8 a.m., then a chance of rain showers through 11 a.m. Cloudy, with a high near 49. Breezy, with a northwest wind 18 to 21 mph, with gusts as high as 33 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50 percent. Total daytime snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Maria November 08, 2012 at 06:18 PM
The court house is OPEN the JAIL Is warm ... And after 10 days maybe the tax payers will be warm as well... Sorry to those C/o's and staff that are there working. Like the rest of us slobs working ... Through wet hair and no electricity .... I'm tired of being cold ! Jcpl get it together or atleast give information other than your stupid PDF that doesn't even make sense ...
Maria November 08, 2012 at 06:36 PM
I have 2 Christmas trees one on thr front lawn one on neighbors house .. Anyone get power back ?
rasmus November 08, 2012 at 09:58 PM
Our town, county, and state officials give vague reasons to burning questions, why should JCP&L be any different, even in the wake of sandy with so much to do, a ride thru the toms river will show not much progress or effort to restore power. Some residents had just gotwarmed up and hot water going and now this. JCP&L will give no reason or time frame "we are working on it in your area". Why even bother paying a live person to answer..cut more cost guys, record the scripted answer and go home for the nite
Jay Gee November 08, 2012 at 10:56 PM
FOR SEASIDE HEIGHTS.........NEW INFO............NOW GO! http://www.facebook.com/stormy.sandy
ray November 09, 2012 at 04:24 AM
Seems strange that we're giving billions of dollars to other countries to buy weapons when we can't keep out own infrastructure running through a couple storms. Seems like we could feed the world for a few hundred billion dollars a year (even with McDonald's dollar menu) and let them get their own weapons. At least then we could build electrical lines that withstand a storm.


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