Thousands In New Jersey Lost Power Friday Morning

Tim Pearce | Energy Reporter

Tens of thousands of homes and businesses in New Jersey lost power Friday morning due to weather and problems at a Jersey Central Power and Light (JCPL) substation, NJ.com reports.

The outage hit about 28,000 customers, nearly 30 percent of JCPL customers base, in the northern New Jersey area, News 12 New Jersey reports.

The substation went out around 5:30 a.m., but no explosions were reported, according to NJ.com.

“We’re trying to determine the cause of the substation issue, but restoring power to our customers is our top priority,” JCPL spokesman Scott Surgeoner told NJ.com.

NJ.com reports about 6,000 customers were still in the dark at 8:30 a.m., but the JCPL website designated more than 10,000 affected customers hours later at 11:00 a.m.

New Jersey schools affected by the blackout had delayed openings. A transformer caught on fire and downed wires caused commuter delays. It’s not clear whether the transformer fire was related to the substation incident, according to NJ.com.

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