Severe Storm and Power Outage Update

Following yesterday's severe storm, an estimated 5,000 homes and businesses in Neptune Township remain without power this morning. Numerous critical facilities are currently on generator power or without power completely, including Neptune Township municipal offices, hotels and healthcare facilities. The major power outages are contained to the Neptune area, so residents should be aware that many businesses outside of our immediate area will be open. At this time, JCP&L has not provided an estimated restoration time for residences without power and has indicated their current focus is on the restoration of healthcare facilities and other critical locations. Some residents in Neptune should prepare for the possibility of being without power into Wednesday.

Fallen trees and downed wires have blocked several township roads and highways. Dozens of trees which have fallen into roadways and not struck wires have been and will continue to be addressed by Public Works. Trees that have fallen into wires and wires that have been downed must await the arrival of JCP&L prior to being cleared from roadways, as such, several roads will remain closed for an extended period including 6th Ave and Heck Ave. The NJ Department of Transportation is also working to address traffic and debris issues on state highways. Call volume has been extremely high, with several large trees into homes including at least one instance where the home was completely destroyed. Several structure fires broke out overnight, one of which sadly led to a fatality which is being investigated by the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office and Fire Marshall's Office.

If you're one of the residents without power, please keep the following critical tips in mind:

• For residents in need of a place to cool down and charge their phones, Midtown Elementary School will be open after 10:00 AM today.
• If you're using a generator, DO NOT use it inside your home or outside close to any windows.
• Be sure to keep medications cool that require refrigeration, and if you have any medical equipment that requires power please contact 9-1-1 to arrange for assistance.
• Check on your neighbors, especially the elderly who may need assistance during the extended power outage.
• If you’re using candles, use extreme caution and keep them far away from anything combustible and never leave them unattended.
• Be extremely cautious of the food in your refrigerator, and toss anything that may have gone bad. When in doubt, throw it out.
• Dozens of intersections remain coned off due to traffic signal issues, and motorists should remember that an intersection with a traffic light out becomes a four-way stop. Please DO NOT drive over or around cones that have been placed in the road to control the flow of traffic.
• DO NOT report power outages to 9-1-1 unless accompanied by an emergency. Report power outages directly to JCP&L.
• Treat all downed wires as if they are live. If you observe a fallen wire, downed tree in a roadway, or any other immediate emergency issue, call 9-1-1.

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