Another Weekend Storm Results in Power Outage and One Death

By Desiree Taylor
NJ Today

Another summer storm hit parts of New Jersey over the weekend. Heavy rain and high winds snapped trees, damaged wires, and left more than 80,000 JCP&L customers without power Saturday evening. A 48-year-old woman from New City, New York reportedly struck by lightning on Monmouth Beach died Sunday morning, according to the Asbury Park Press. And Freehold Borough officials believe lightning caused damage to a water main in town.

Clean-up work continued in Freehold Borough this morning. Traffic lights were also out. JCP&L had crews on the scene working to restore power to the last few hundred customers who were without electricity in the area. This was welcome news to residents who were hot and tired of living in the dark. “No power, no air … I can’t even wash my clothes,” said Leyla Svizeny, a Freehold resident.

But it was a much different story for local businesses. Most had their power restored within a few hours after the storm hit. Electricity was also turned back on quickly Saturday night at local senior residence. JCP&L officials say they expect all of their customers to have the lights back on sometime today.