Friday, October 26, 2012
Stresses storm may knock out power for 7-10 days
Jersey Central Power and Light (JCP&L) President Don Lynch says the company has learned from the mistakes it made from Hurricane Irene and is ready for Hurricane Sandy and the threat it poses to the state. The company took heat when Hurricane Irene left many New Jersey towns without power for days - and, in some cases, weeks. Many thought JCP&L's response was too slow. The biggest lesson learned is getting the information out to customers and municipalities as specifically, quickly and often as possible, Lynch said. The company wants its customers to know as much information as possible, he said. "Just know that Jersey Central will be working hard day and night - we've already started, should that storm hit shore here and cause outages …
Sunday, July 8, 2012
Freehold hardest hit after the storm, with over 14,000 customers in the dark.
A severe thunderstorm may have brought relief from high temperatures, but it also left thousands without power in Monmouth County Saturday evening. Over 40,000 customers had lost power by 10 p.m., according to Jersey Central Power & Light. By Sunday at 8 a.m., over 8,500 in Monmouth County remained in the dark. Freehold was the worst hit, with over 9,900 without power in Freehold Township and over 4,100 in Freehold Borough on Saturday night. By Sunday morning, over 3,000 Freehold Township customers and over 600 in Freehold Borough remained without service. Neighboring Howell Township had over 8,600 customers in the dark and Manalapan Township had over 3,000. By Sunday morning, all but 59 people in Howell and 102 in Manalapan had had their …
Friday, September 2, 2011
A list of how some local families are surviving without power.
Hurricane Irene has blown through leaving many without power for days. This is not a good situation for anyone to be in but especially hard with young ones. So how do you keep your family fed and your kids entertained without power? I posted the question on Facebook and got these responses from locals: Beth Vandermark Dantoni "We cooked: shepherds pie, pasta, pork shops, mashed potatoes, smores. Played Candy Land and cards, alot of reading, bike riding and talked!" Monica Vigerstol Guarnaccia "We didn't lose power, but neighbors did, so we had two other families over for Chinese food on Sunday, and one of the families spent the night. Diary of a Wimpy Kid and a Cheese Touch board game was a huge hit in our house! Denton and Amy …
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Over 600 people in Rumson, Fair Haven and Sea Bright still without power, and may not see any for a couple more days.
While a majority of Rumson and Fair Haven has had power restored, some homes and businesses are still in the dark. Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) officials have spoken with borough officials and have said they should have power back on by the weekend, but could possibly go to early next week. Outages still reported on the JCP&L website are as follows: Water and ice are available to all JCP&L customers without power. Residents can pick up water and ice free of charge at Acme Supermarket, 576 River Road in Fair Haven. Customers should go to the courtesy desk and report that they are a JCP&L customer out of power. Are you one of the customers whose power has been restored, or are you still in the dark? Do you know anyone who is still …
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Businesses with power fed hundreds of residents without it. Businesses with outages lost food and revenue.
After Irene swept across the East Coast thousands were left without electricity. Some business owners in Rumson and Fair Haven are thankful for their power; others not so fortunate are starting to feel the pressure. “We are glad to have had power through the whole storm,” said Steve Bidgood, owner of Salt Creek Grill in Rumson. “We got to feed a lot of people who didn’t have power on Sunday and Monday night.” Salt Creek Grill was one of the few businesses in Rumson that maintained power through Irene’s rage. Bidgood opened the doors to his restaurant Sunday night and served about 400 dinners to locals who had no power. “Most of my staff was able to make it in,” Bidgood said. “I had to pick up a few staff members in Red Bank since the …
Food safety tips for when your power is out.
Residents without power can pick up water and ice free of charge at Acme Supermarket.
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
A message from Fair Haven Borough sent through their emergency alert system: Borough representatives have been in contact with JCP&L on an ongoing basis; please be advised that crews are working around the clock to restore the power outages. However, if you are still without power, you should be aware that the majority of power is expected to be restored by the weekend with full restoration early next week. Should you still have a downed wire in your immediate area, you must assume that all wires are carrying electricity and you are reminded to keep children and pets away from downed wires. JCP&L has informed us that their customer call centers are fully staffed and available to take calls at 1-888-544-4877. If your service has not been …
Monday, August 29, 2011
Over 2 days after Hurricane Irene hit the area, residents and businesses still dealing with power outages and downed wires.
Many residents in Rumson and Fair Haven are still without power over 2 days after Hurricane Irene hit our area. “If you have power it is business as usual, if you don’t it is trying to cope,” said Fair Haven Mayor Mike Halfacre. Both Rumson and Fair Haven have most of their roads cleaned up and flooding subsided, but power is still missing in many homes and businesses. Mayor Halfacre purchased the last generator at Home Depot this morning himself in preparation to be without power for the next couple days. “Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) has given us zero information about what to expect or when to expect it. All they say is we are working on it,” he said. “If they could give us an idea, then we can plan. I have residents all over …
Sunday, August 28, 2011
Residents dealing with tree damage, downed power lines and flooding.
Rumson and Fair Haven residents were out and about checking out the damage and the scene Sunday afternoon after Hurricane Irene pounded the area. Trees and power lines were down, there was flooding along the rivers and many residents still did not have power for over 12 hours. Check out the video above to hear locals talk about the effects of the heavy storm that hit the area on Saturday night.
Monmouth and Ocean counties hardest hit with outages in JCP&L's service area. About 5,000 Holmdel residents are without power.
More than 210,000 Jersey Central Power & Light customers are without power in Monmouth and Ocean counties, and a spokesman says it could be days before the lights come back on for those in communities hit hard by Hurricane Irene. Spokesman Ron Morano said 373,000 customers had outages statewide as of 3 p.m. Sunday, with 246,000 of those in the central New Jersey counties of Ocean, Monmouth, Middlesex and Burlington. According to JCP&L's most recent outage map, Howell had among the highest number of outages in Monmouth county, with 6,953 people without power. Holmdel, Middletown, Red Bank and Matawan each each have more than four thousand households without electricity. In Toms River, 15,902 are without power; in Brick, 12,148. The number …