Winds gusting to near 60 miles per hour are responsible for scattered power outages this morning throughout the Jersey Shore.
As of 10:15 a.m., nearly 17,000 power utility customers in Monmouth (7,930), Ocean (5,143), Atlantic (1,582), and Cape May (2,046) are without power.
JCP&L, the power provider for Monmouth and most of Ocean counties, pins the outages on the weather.
“We are experiencing power outages due to severe weather and are assessing damage. We will provide estimated restoration times when they are available,” a statement of the utility’s website says.
Atlantic City Electric, which covers the remainder of the shore, reports restoration times ranging from later this afternoon to tomorrow morning.
Winds began increasing following a robust cold front passage complete with severe thunderstorms late last night.
JSHN contributors are reporting downed utility poles and wires, snapped trees and flag poles, and other property damage.
A High Wind Warning continues until noon. Forecasters expect the wind to diminish quickly this afternoon.