This story was updated with comments from Mayor Nolan Higgins at 1:15 p.m.
Lightning, downed poles, and a water main break are all contributing factors in Monday's power outages in parts of Freehold, said JCP&L spokesperson Ron Morano.
Accoridng to Morano, as many as 400 JCP&L customers are without power in the South Street section of Freehold today after lightning from the storm hit a tree and took down two poles. The water main break in the area is also believed to be caused by the fallen trees.
"We are out there working and doing as much as we can to get power back in the area," said Morano. "We are hoping to have power restored to all by this afternoon."
In response to the power outages, Mayor Nolan Higgins commended JCP&L on their work surrounding the power outages. In an email to Patch, Higgins stated the following.
Freehold Borough suffered considerable damage from Saturday’s fast moving storm, leaving many residents and businesses without power for varying periods of time.
Particularly hard hit was the South Street, Helen and Barkalow Avenues, and Reid Way neighborhood.
I am pleased to report that JCP&L has been responsive both in the field and in keeping me informed of the situation. They were on the scene quickly after the storm, working to restore power and responding with our Fire Department to an electrical fire at one of our residences
Our JCP&L representative Jerry Ricciardi kept in contact with me every few hours to update me on their progress. The foreman on the scene has been responsive and has kept us up-to-date on the work and the issues that were slowing the restoration of power. One affected pole contained three circuits which made it more difficult to replace.
Our Police Department, Street Department, and Water Department along with our Emergency Management Group were on scene and continue to monitor the area. Chief Roberts is providing updates to us.
We still have approximately 225 people without power. I understand how frustrated they are during this ordeal and assure them that Freehold Borough and JCP&L are doing everything possible to restore their power as quickly as possible
Click here to see a map from JCP&L which shows where outages are currently being experienced by customers.
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