Widespread Power Outages Have Hit Monmouth County

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Long Branch and Neptune were running on emergency generators today evening, and at least four hospitals were without air conditioning due to the massive outage. A power outage at a Jersey Central Power & Light sub-station this afternoon sparked a massive blackout that left more than 70,000 Monmouth County residents without power and snarled rush-hour traffic along several highways.

While neighboring Rum son, an affluent community where many Wall Street workers live, was mostly lit.All the traffic lights were out in our area, cell phones didn’t work,” said Karen Marzulli, owner of Mister C’s Beach Bistro in Allenhurst in Monmouth County in a telephone interview today. “People were going crazy.When you get to a traffic light, that's where people get confused," he said. "I'm going to be very careful.I know where the lights are, and I'll be watching.

John er says the fire destroyed the transformer at the Ocean View substation in Neptune Township and repairs could take days. Workers shifted the circuits to get electricity flowing again.Jersey Central Power &Light spokesman Ron Moran o said the fire caused some high-voltage transformers to trip off-line. He added the utility had not determined the cause of the blaze.

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