STATE — Thousands of New Jersey residents remain without power this afternoon as the result of an ice storm.
About 9,000 PSE&G customers didn’t have electricity at 2 p.m. Towns affected the most include Woodbridge, Carteret, Bridgewater and Edison. As of 2:20 p.m., approximately 6,000 Jersey Central Power & Light customers were without power, the majority in Hunterdon County.
PSE&G reports that utility crews are making progress and will continue to work around the clock until power to all customers has been restored, but they are being slowed by road conditions.
The PSE&G power substation in West Carteret on Minue Street experienced two transformer failures after they arched this morning, Carteret officials said. The borough opened two warming centers (at the Nathan Hale School and the Library Community Center), where anyone who is without heat or electricity can stay while PSE&G corrects the failures.
The borough stationed police officers at signalized intersections to conduct traffic, and the fire department has been assisting home owners with pumping water out of basements, Carteret officials said. At 3 p.m., borough officials said that power had been or was expected to soon be restored to Carteret residents.
Customers are advised to stay away from all downed power lines. Downed wires should always be considered “live.”
To report a power outage, call PSE&G’s Customer Service line 1-800-436-PSEG or Jersey Central Power & Light at 1-888-LIGHTSS, depending on your utility provider.
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