Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden just reported from the Emergency Management Center in Freehold that JCPL is restoring the power to Monmouth County in stages, from Belmar north.
Golden said that power throughout the county is expected to be restored within 1.5
hours, or by 9PM.
In an earlier report to the Asbury Park Press, the Sheriff's Department said a Tinton Falls power substation near the Earle Navy base experienced a malfunction and is believed to be the source of the power outage that has hit most of Monmouth County and parts of Ocean County.
There are less significant outages in Middlesex, Hunterton, Somerset and Morris counties, according to First Energy's map.
First Energy's website has no restoration information.
UPDATE: 7:55PM First Energy now says that the majority of customers will have their power restored by 9PM, with the rest by midnight.
James Hogan reported at 5:20:
Still no word from APP but a source (wink wink) indicates that Frank Pallone found out that Anna's Army was with CNN today working the streets of Neptune and he is now falling behind in polls. After learning that he'd be heading to an early retirement, he utilized his position on the House Energy and Commerce to turn off the power to NJ until November 3rd.
8:10 The power is on in Highlands.
UPDATE 12:13 AM, August 31
A reader from Shrewsbury says:
"Non-story my tuchus. Going on 9 hours and for no good reason other than JCPL pinching pennies on equipment. Never had outages like this when I was in PSGE territory. Listening to my neighbor's industrial generator all night and sweating my ass off because I can't open the windows or it will be even louder.
Its like we live in a third world country."