Thousands without power at the Jersey Shore early this afternoon

    Image: Zeke Orzech ‏(@Zeke_O via Twitter)

    Image: Zeke Orzech ‏(@Zeke_O via Twitter)

    Thousands are without power at the Jersey Shore early this afternoon as a result of the ongoing stormy conditions. 

    At 12:30 p.m., in Jersey Central Power & Light’s territory, there are about 4,200 customers impacted in Ocean County and 2,280 in Monmouth County. Estimated power restoration times were not immediately available on the utility’s website

    Further south, Atlantic City Electric is reporting 651 outages in Cape May County, 278 in Atlantic County, and five in its southern Ocean County coverage area. Estimated power restoration times posted on the utility’s website ranged from the late afternoon through early evening hours.

    Winds continue to increase at the Jersey Shore early this afternoon. Gusts at more than 50 miles per hour were measured late this morning.

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    And that’s causing some problems. 

    At Cape Regional Hospital in Cape May Court House, Zeke Orzech snapped the above image of a tree resting on a car.

    Further north in Monmouth County’s Long Branch, a portion of an oceanfront condominium building roof blew off, damaging cars in a parking lot. No one was injured. 

    Gusts are expected to increase later today to around 65 miles per hour at the coast and around 50 miles per hour inland before tapering off tomorrow morning.

    The National Weather Service expects scattered power outages to continue. 

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