Tens of thousands of homes and businesses across the state are without power Friday morning due to a combination of issues at a substation and switching stations for two of the state’s major utility companies, officials said.
The overall outages for PSE&G and JCP&L customers hit 50,000 customers by 11 a.m. The problem areas and numbers have changed rapidly through morning since the outages began around 5:30 a.m.
Union County was bearing the brunt of the outages at 11 a.m. with 21,000 PSE&G customers without electricity due to what a spokeswoman called weather-related damage to circuits at switching stations. In all, the state’s largest utility company has around 40,000 affected customers.
Rain and condensation mixed with residual salt on roadways and walkways caused equipment to malfunction, spokeswoman Deann Muzikar said in an email.
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Most of those affected are in Cranford, Clark, Kenilworth, Mountainside, Elizabeth and Union. While some of the customers should have power restored within an hour, PSE&G isn’t sure when everyone will have their electricity restores.
Bergen, Essex and Passaic also have several thousand homes and businesses without power.
The number of PSE&G outages has climbed substantially since 8:30 a.m. when there were about 6,000.
Meanwhile, more than 11,00 JCP&L customers were without power as of 11 a.m after an issue at a substation, a spokesman said. At the peak of the outages for JCP&L, more than 20,000 customers were without power.
Most of the outages are in Morris and Sussex counties, with Mount Olive and Byram having the most in their respective counties.
Bryam schools are closed Friday because of a lack of power. Several others schools opened late. The County College of Morris, Wilson School in Lodi, Hawthorne High School and Mountain Park School in Berkeley Heights all had a delayed opening.
Atlantic City Electric had about 1,700 outages earlier Friday morning, but all have been restored, spokesman Frank Tedesco said.
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