Widespread power outage in Monmouth County, NJ

A high-voltage line problem left more than 20,000 JCP&L customers without power Monday morning.

JCP&L spokesman Chris Hoening said Eatontown, Middletown and Tinton Falls were hardest hit by the blackout.

As of 11:15 a.m., outages were also recorded on the JCP&L chart in Colts Neck, Manasquan, Sea Girt, Spring Lake Heights, Spring Lake Borough and Wall Township

Inspection before restoration

Hoenig said the utility will begin restarting high-voltage power lines at 11:00 a.m. Before substations can be turned back on, they must first be inspected for possible circuit damage.

“If everything is going perfectly, the first restorations sometimes take place at 12 noon. I don’t have the exact locations yet. I don’t know the order in which the substations are visited,” said Hoenig.

According to Hoenig, all customers could potentially be recovered by 2 p.m.

Many gas stations and restaurants along Route 35 in Eatontown were closed due to power shortages.

It’s a feeling of déjà vu for Middletown residents, who also lost power on Sunday morning. Initially, fewer than 1,000 customers were affected.

“When we did a couple of switchovers, there was a burned path on one of the towers that took out extra customers because they were putting extra load on the line,” Hoenig said.

Dan Alexander is a reporter for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach him at [email protected]

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