Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Still 74,012 in the dark in Ocean and Monmouth counties
There are currently 28,176 JCP&L customers without power in Ocean County and 45,836 without power in Monmouth County, according to an update on the JCP&L website. Those numbers change constantly as crews continue to work on outages throughout the region. However, the nor'easter starting to move into the area may cause new outages as well as coastal flooding, according to the National Weather Service. JCP&L, in a prepared statement, says: "Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) has restored power to more than 900,000 of the 1.2 million JCP&L customers affected by Hurricane Sandy, marking five consecutive days where crews have restored at least 100,000 customers per day. While restoration continues, JCP&L is preparing for a Nor'easter that is …
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Outages to increase as Sandy barrels towards the Shore
Update, 6 p.m.: Outages have reached 126,739 in Ocean County and 120,000 in Monmouth County. --- There are nearly 24,000 reported power outages in Monmouth and Ocean counties as of early Monday afternoon, according to a Jersey Central Power & Light map. As of early Monday afternoon, there were 23,559 outages reported in Monmouth and Ocean. However, there was no way to immediately learn if some without power have not reported it yet because they may have no means of communication without electricity. But according to the information available, the highest number of outages in one town in the two counties was Middletown, with 6,869. Another town with a high number of reported outages was Berkeley in southern Ocean County with 1,848. …
Pictures from around the area as Hurricane Sandy approaches.
As Hurricane Sandy approaches Monday night, damage from the storm can already be seen in Ocean County. Trees, power lines and debris are starting to close roads all over the area. In the barrier islands, flooding has already started taking place. Power is out all over the area as well, in parts of Toms River, and from Vaughn Road to the Tunney and Mathis Bridges. The Barnegat Bay has started to swell, raising water levels in the area, including the Toms River. Check out our photo gallery from around Toms River, Silverton, the bayshore and Seaside.
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Surfers and fishermen head toward shore
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Kevin Shea
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Surfers and fishermen outnumbered beach walkers on many beaches Saturday evening as Hurricane Sandy approached offshore. These surfers and fishermen were at the beach in Bay Head, which is under mandatory state orders to evacuate by 4 p.m. Sunday.
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, August 26, 2012
Less chance of a hurricane impacting the Shore this year
While the number of named tropical weather systems this year is, thus far, about equal to 2011, most of the storms that formed fizzled out or were swept to sea before having had a chance to impact land. One potential reason: a weather pattern known as El Nino. El Nino, Spanish for "the little boy" because it often is identified near Christmas, is a warm phase characterized by high pressure over the Pacific Ocean. It occurs about every five years, and has been identified as happening this year. The phenomenon is powerful enough to affect global weather patterns. Last year, El Nino's opposite pattern – La Nina – was in effect, which brought low pressure to the Pacific. "Upper level winds over the tropics are strong," said meteorologist Steve…
Sunday, August 28, 2011
Update: Toms River High School East open as evacuation shelter. Power outages ongoing. Barrier island roads closed.
The Ocean County Office of Emergency Management urges residents to stay at home and remain sheltered until damage assessments can be completed. (9 a.m. Sunday) Power outages began across Toms River around 11 p.m. Saturday and continue into this morning, according to JCP&L and Toms River Police Chief Michael Mastronardy. JCP&L at 7:30 a.m. Sunday is reporting 14,000 customers in Toms River are without power. Shelters at Toms River High School North and Intermediate North are now full, said Toms River Office of Emergency Management. Evacuees should now report to Toms River High School East, which is a pet-friendly facility but with no cages. Evacuees are encouraged to bring their own blankets and pillows. (Update 5:45 p.m.) Toms River High …