More than 25,000 homes and businesses are without power in several towns scattered across the state after a Jersey Central Power & Light substation issue, officials said.
Most of the outages are in Morris County with nearly 15,000 without lights. Power should be restored in about an hour, JCP&L spokesman Scott Surgeoner said by phone at about 6:40 a.m.
PSE&G also has about 6,500 customers in the dark as of 6:40 a.m.
The majority of the affected PSE&G customers are in Bergen, Essex and Passaic.
The JCP&L issue occurred around 5:30 a.m.
“We’re trying to determine the cause of the substation issue,” Surgeoner said. He added JCP&L has “no reports of any explosions” for transformers.
Only one substation is affected, Surgeoner said. He declined to disclose where the substation is located, citing security reasons.
“We’re trying to determine the cause of the substation issue, but restoring power to our customers is our top priority,” Surgeoner said.
More than 7,000 JCP&L customers who lost power previously have already been restored, he added. The number of outages have fluctuated throughout the morning.
PSE&G didn’t immediately return a message seeking information.
At least one school has been affected so far. The County College of Morris says it will have a delayed opening at 9 a.m. due to a power outage.
Meanwhile, a transformer fire and downed wires have closed Route 70 west in Cherry Hill. It’s not clear if the issues are related
Downed wires/Transformer fire on Rte.70 WB, west of I-295 (Cherry Hill) all lanes closed and detoured. Use caution, expect delays.
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