Wind, Storm Affecting Traffic Lights; 2K Without Power in Toms River
Trees and wires down elsewhere
Update, 5:45 p.m.:
Toms River Police Chief Michael Mastronardy reported the following incidents occurred between 1 and 5 p.m. in Toms River:
• Felled trees were creating issues on Maguire Drive, Homestead, Mule Road, Pine Hill, Cedar Grove, Brookside Drive, Holiday Court and Edken roads.
• Downed wires were creating issues on Whitetail Lane, 15th Street in Silverton and Colonial Drive.
• The Americana Hotel, Route 166 near James Street, had a reported transformer fire this afternoon.
• Toms River fire units responded to two elevator rescues. At 2:47 p.m., two people were trapped in a JCPenney elavator the Ocean County Mall. In Building 5 of the 1027 Hooper Avenue Office Complex, one person was rescued from an elavator at 3:18 p.m.
• Traffic remains heavy on Route 166 in both directions and approaches to Route 37 intersection at 5:45 p.m.
• Toms River Regional Schools canceled all outdoor games, activities and practices for Tuesday due to the weather watch.
Original, 4 p.m.:
A tornado watch through 7 p.m. Tuesday has already created some incidents in Toms River, where at 4 p.m. traffic was affected on Route 37, Route 166 and Hooper for storm-related issues.
Toms River Police Chief Michael Mastronardy reported this afternoon that traffic lights at Hooper Avenue and Chestnut, and on Lakehurst Road were malfunctioning.
Conditions of downed wires were reported on Route 166, Old Freehold Road, and also near Alabama road in Toms River. Fallen trees had created issues on Mule Road and Homestead Run, said the police chief.
"This is all with the winds," Mastronardy said. "We have a couple calls. But everything is relatively under control."
Jersey Central Power & Light had reports of 2,208 customers in Toms River without power at 4 p.m.
Traffic is problematic along Route 166 at Route 37: In this real-time traffic map from Mapquest, above, green portions mean traffic is flowing freely, while yellow indicates traffic delays.
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