UPDATED: Toms River In The Dark; More Than 38,000 Without Power

Outages reported throughout township; trees down

Note: This article was updated at 9 p.m. Monday.

More than 22,000 Toms River residents were without power, Jersey Central Power and Light reported at 4 p.m. Monday. By 9 p.m. that number had grown to 38,000 Toms River customers.

Between downed trees and branches, broken power lines and blown transformers, a large percentage of Toms River was in the dark as Hurricane Sandy's winds continue to pelt the area into Tuesday.

The power outage took traffic light power with it, as malfunctioning lights were reported at Route 37 and 166 early Monday and then at Route 37 and Fischer that afternoon.

East Dover grappled with power outages throughout the day into night, as large portions of town: East of Fischer Boulevard, Yellowbank Road to Indian Hill, Vaughn to Windsor Avenues all went without electricity.

Both Silverton along Kettle Creek and Holiday City at Silverton saw widespread power outages.


Multiple trees and wires are down in downtown Toms River. "It was like a maze getting home," one local resident said.

What was described as a "massive" tree blocked Hooper Avenue Monday afternoon, a few blocks south of St. Joseph's Church.

Overnight into Monday, customers in the East Dover section along Fischer and Coolidge had reported power outages to Toms River Patch. 

Toms River Office of Emergency Management officials warn of ongoing power outages as well as flooding beginning Monday and continuing after Hurricane Sandy departs.

JCP&L also warned customers to plan for extended power outages.

For an updated outage map, click here.

From JCP&L: Customers can call 1-888-LIGHTSS (1-888-544-4877) to report their outage or click the "Report Outage" link on www.firstenergycorp.com. Customers should immediately report downed wires to their electric company or local police or fire department. Customers should never go near a downed power line, even if they think it's no longer carrying electricity.


Emergency numbers and other utility company info for Toms River is listed here.

Toms River Office of Emergency Management has activated its Hurricane Emergency Hotline: 732-818-9901.

For the latest Hurricane Sandy coverage from Toms River Patch visit our topic page here.

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amy October 29, 2012 at 09:04 PM
Where can I find what sections o f Toms River have power outage...all sites I check just have total number but not by area specific
Susan October 29, 2012 at 09:20 PM
Silverton section off kettle creek we have power
NJ Lady October 29, 2012 at 09:28 PM
silverton section off silver bay flickering lites and went out once for a few seconds around 4:30
barbara October 29, 2012 at 09:29 PM
windsor ave. off fischer blvd on bay side, no power since 3:00
eosaph October 29, 2012 at 09:55 PM
I just heard the "bubble" at toms river intermediate school had damage ??
Mr. ? October 29, 2012 at 09:58 PM
Flat as a pancake!
Mattie October 29, 2012 at 10:41 PM
Holiday City (Berkley section) HAS power as of 6:40 PM. Highly unusual, we usually lose power at the drop of a hat. We're very lucky this time -- so far. Remember to check on elderly neighbors and relatives when the storm is over.... Stay safe!
dainty October 29, 2012 at 10:51 PM
Georgetown section of TR. Lines underground. Lost power at 3 back on 430 whew.. stay safe!
Shelley licknack October 29, 2012 at 11:02 PM
Pleasant plains. Near 9/571....no power since 3. My neighbors tree came down..blocked us in..resting on wires....until someone gets that tree cut away..no power in near future..
Dave Frank October 30, 2012 at 01:01 AM
Please stay in your homes ..call power companies they will respond in the late Am.. Most cities have suspended rescue and fire until tomorrow. Wait for the professionals. Stay inside until at least daylight. DAVID FRANK Home IMPROVEMENT and RESTORATION Storm damage is our speciality. Just a reminder when leaving your homes tomorrow look for down lines, loose tree limbs and Stay out of the water. If you need help call 911!!! Dont be a hero.
Catherine Galioto (Editor) October 30, 2012 at 01:15 AM
At 8:30 p.m., multiple reports of blown transformers, including Silverton area. Toms River has 38,000 customers without power, according to JCP&L.
Leah bilotti October 30, 2012 at 01:16 AM
Colorado dr has no power again @9 pm
Dorothy Kretkowski October 30, 2012 at 01:24 AM
Out of state right now......have a house in Holiday City, Berkely....any info would help
dainty October 30, 2012 at 01:29 AM
I'm near the Mall and so far, rain hasn't been an issue, wind has. Many folks are without electricity. I would think the area safe, other than for down trees and wires.
Phyllis Gruber October 30, 2012 at 03:26 AM
I'm out of town. Is there a power outage in silver ridge west in toms river?
Phyllis Gruber October 30, 2012 at 03:28 AM
Out of town, is there a power in Silver Ridge West?
Alphonse October 30, 2012 at 07:27 AM
http://outages.firstenergycorp.com/nj.html this link to JERSEY CENTRAL POWER OUTAGES MAP
frank a October 30, 2012 at 11:25 AM
East dover , development across from east dover elementry school on vaughn ave , no power since 3pm Monday
norman bacon October 31, 2012 at 08:19 PM
are you the frank culotta living in baton rouge?
norman bacon October 31, 2012 at 08:24 PM
is there a message board for getting in contact with friends and family members? Seaside Heights, especially. Thanks and God bless.
tali November 02, 2012 at 01:09 AM
when power will back to Toms River? please help elders.


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