Storm downs trees, knocks out power – new jersey herald – hp gas online registration

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The storm left more than 50,000 Jersey Central Power and Light customers in Sussex, Morris and Warren counties without power. Sussex and Morris counties were hardest hit, with 28,255 customers in Morris and 23,557 in Sussex without power as of 8:45 p.m. Tuesday. An additional 7,507 customers in Warren County were without power.

The outages in Sussex County were down to 16,680 by 8:20 a.m. today, with the highest numbers in Sparta, Stillwater, Andover Township, Frankford and Byram, according to the JCP&L outage map. Morris County showed about 18,000 without power and Warren County had about 5,000.

Local fire departments, state police and the Sussex County Sheriff’s Department responded. Bellis said when crews arrived on scene, they found a smoking hole near the center of the roof of the building, and determined it was the result of a lightning strike.

The storm blew into the Sussex County area at about 4:15 p.m. when the National Weather Service alerted that wind gusts could be as high as 70 mph. However, Sarah Johnson, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said Tuesday evening that the highest gusts reported in the Sussex County area were at 50-55 mph.

In Sparta, where 5,800 customers were left without power, the township activated its GO2 Center for residents needing to charge devices. Sparta’s Office of Emergency Management used additional resources to deal with the aftermath of the storm, including Department of Public Works workers, additional police and police dispatchers. Sparta Police reported on Facebook that multiple trees and power lines were down and advised that people should stay home until the danger was cleared.

Mike Rose, assistant fire chief for the Green Township Fire Department, said fallen trees and power lines blocked 10 roads in the township, of which all but a few had been reopened by 7 p.m. Falling trees ripped the power service line off the sides of several homes as they came down, he said.

The storm left more than 50,000 Jersey Central Power and Light customers in Sussex, Morris and Warren counties without power. Sussex and Morris counties were hardest hit, with 28,255 customers in Morris and 23,557 in Sussex without power as of 8:45 p.m. Tuesday. An additional 7,507 customers in Warren County were without power.

The outages in Sussex County were down to 16,680 by 8:20 a.m. today, with the highest numbers in Sparta, Stillwater, Andover Township, Frankford and Byram, according to the JCP&L outage map. Morris County showed about 18,000 without power and Warren County had about 5,000.

Local fire departments, state police and the Sussex County Sheriff’s Department responded. Bellis said when crews arrived on scene, they found a smoking hole near the center of the roof of the building, and determined it was the result of a lightning strike.

The storm blew into the Sussex County area at about 4:15 p.m. when the National Weather Service alerted that wind gusts could be as high as 70 mph. However, Sarah Johnson, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said Tuesday evening that the highest gusts reported in the Sussex County area were at 50-55 mph.

In Sparta, where 5,800 customers were left without power, the township activated its GO2 Center for residents needing to charge devices. Sparta’s Office of Emergency Management used additional resources to deal with the aftermath of the storm, including Department of Public Works workers, additional police and police dispatchers. Sparta Police reported on Facebook that multiple trees and power lines were down and advised that people should stay home until the danger was cleared.

Mike Rose, assistant fire chief for the Green Township Fire Department, said fallen trees and power lines blocked 10 roads in the township, of which all but a few had been reopened by 7 p.m. Falling trees ripped the power service line off the sides of several homes as they came down, he said.