Heavy winds downed wires across Monmouth County during Thursday’s severe thunderstorm. More than 9,000 residents lost power Thursday night, according Jersey Central Power & Light’s outage map. By Friday at 9 a.m., power was restored to all but about 800 households.
As with the last summer storm to strike the area, Western Monmouth County was hardest hit. More than 2,300 Howell residents were in the dark Thursday night. Some 1,300 outages were reported in Freehold Township and 951 in Marlboro. JCP&L reported 482 customers without service in Millstone. By Friday morning, power had been restored to all but 159 Millstone residents, 25 in Freehold, 20 in Marlboro and less than five in Howell.
Other parts of the county did not escape unscathed. Tinton Falls had more than 1,600 households left without power. Neptune had nearly 1,000. In Shrewsbury Township and Shrewsbury Borough, more than 400 were in the dark. Power had been restored to all but eight in Tinton Falls, less than five in Neptune, and 61 in Shrewsbury by Friday morning.
As of 8:50 p.m., some 269 households in Eatontown had lost power In addition, Middletown had nearly 225 without power and Manalapan had 104. By 9 a.m. on Friday, Manalapan's reported outages grew slightly to 114 households. In Middletown, power was restored to all but 114 households, and less than five Eatontown customers were without power Friday morning.
JCP&L employees were out assessing storm damage Thursday night, according to company spokesperson Ron Morano.
"Crews are working now and will be working throughout the night," Morano said Thursday evening.