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UPDATE: Thunderstorm Pelts Toms River; More Than 11,000 Without Power

Shelter Cove, Bay Avenue among those reporting power outages

A severe thunderstorm darkened Toms River shortly after 7 p.m., with violent lightning briefly flickering traffic lights near Bay Avenue and Vaughn and leaving more than 11,000 without power.

In the Shelter Cove section of Toms River, a power outage was reported around 7:50 p.m., about the same time power was reported out near Oak Ridge Parkway.

Jersey Central Power and Light is reporting more than 11,000 customers in Toms River are without power at 9:30 p.m.

The NWS predicted dangerous lightning and winds in excess of 60 mph.

The utility company released the following message: "JCP&L is experiencing power outages throughout our service area. Crews are working to restore power to all affected areas as quickly and safely as possible. If you have not yet reported your service as being out, please use the report an outage link or call 1-888-544-4877. If you are experiencing a life threatening emergency call 911. Remember to treat all downed wires as live and dangerous."

The National Weather Service forecast for Toms River:

Tonight Showers and thunderstorms likely before 10pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm between 10pm and 11pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11pm. Some storms could be severe, with damaging winds, heavy rain, and frequent lightning. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 77. Northwest wind 5 to 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Sunday A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 92. North wind 6 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Sunday Night Isolated showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 66. Southwest wind around 8 mph becoming north after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

So Much to Say July 08, 2012 at 12:29 AM
Been watching a 3 hour movie. Power went out 10 minuites till the end. I'm not happy.
Ken Fitzpatrick July 08, 2012 at 01:08 AM
Any ETAs from JCP&L?
So Much to Say July 08, 2012 at 01:13 AM
Hopefully soon I'm having tv withdrawal.
David Azevedo July 08, 2012 at 01:15 AM
That was some thunder storm fisher.blvd to Vaughn have no power!
Danielle July 08, 2012 at 01:26 AM
No power on oak leaf lane!
tmkern July 08, 2012 at 01:35 AM
No power from hospital to mule rd and to winding river west side
Joseph Hyer July 08, 2012 at 01:42 AM
They recently tweeted saying: Crews are assessing the damage from this evening's storms; no estimates for restoration yet. https://twitter.com/JCP_L/status/221776811518984194
So Much to Say July 08, 2012 at 01:45 AM
Thank you Patch. If we were to rely on app this would go unreported until at least Tuesday.
diane spinella July 08, 2012 at 02:39 AM
When is the power coming back on yellowbank rd? We need air Please
Grady White July 08, 2012 at 02:45 AM
Parts of Pleasant Plains got hit hard with this storm. Thankfully the power is on but there are several trees down.
Catherine Galioto (Editor) July 08, 2012 at 02:46 AM
We just heard lots of downed trees in Silver Ridge. A photo of the damage is going up.
evasil July 08, 2012 at 03:23 AM
Power has been out for over 3 1/2 hours on hillgrass ct and surrounding areas. Pole caught fire and jcpl has yet to even respond!
cher July 08, 2012 at 04:15 AM
Still no power on bellwood (behind shoprite).. atleast its a decent night to not have ac! But seriously JCP&L, step up your game!
Lil Debbie July 08, 2012 at 04:33 AM
so much to say--- you're right on with that comment!!!
Shelly July 08, 2012 at 05:36 AM
Does Island Heights have power? Anyone know?
Checlmates Boxing Center July 08, 2012 at 05:51 AM
Hope the older people are ok without heat,it is hot in my house without ac
Bob Hockenfrocken July 08, 2012 at 08:20 AM
What do you expect them to do when severe weather damages their power lines? Wave a magic wand?
1stcav July 08, 2012 at 10:36 AM
Lost power @ 7:45 PM Sat. & came back on @ 5:45 A Sun. Yellow back and Crystal. East Winds Delv. Underground wiring sucks ! , But it's usually at the same pole 0r one further down that the capacitors trip and they have to re-set them.It was humid and didn't get any sleep...Good night or good day whatever , I'm going to try now that we have AIR !
Chu-Man-Fu July 08, 2012 at 10:38 AM
@ Bob - it's called I, Me, Me, Mine - and to blazes with everyone else . It's a sad commentary on how our society has become so selfish. So you're without power for a few hours, there were people in Atlantic County that were without power for a week during the heat wave. OK so people were inconvenienced as was I but I'm not complaining. @ the whiners: go invest in a generator if you can't live without electricity for a few hours. Dear Lord what are you going do WHEN a real disaster strikes?
Mike D. July 08, 2012 at 10:51 AM
I'm off Fischer behind the Dunkin Donuts and we lost power last night around 8pm. It didn't come back on til 5am this morning. I got no sleep either with no AC on.
Scott July 08, 2012 at 11:00 AM
Agreed; thank you for doing what you do!
. July 08, 2012 at 11:22 AM
I am in the same area. It was worse than last year with Hurricane Irene. At least last year it was a bit cooler after the storms.
. July 08, 2012 at 11:26 AM
Above ground wiring is no better. My power was out for the same amount of time!
Keri D July 08, 2012 at 12:16 PM
I had electricity but the solar panels were ripped off my house as well as a tree in my front yard that was knocked down onto my fence. This was definitely worse than hurricane Irene.
barbara July 08, 2012 at 12:33 PM
wow, that stinks.......
Rachel Tomasi July 08, 2012 at 02:42 PM
I'm also between Bay ave and bellcrest plaza/ cattus island and it was around 730 power went out and it came on just after 5 am. Very hard to breathe for those of us with medical issues but we managed and were planning to go to a hotel today if not restored. I think if they could've given an estimate on how long we'd have dealt better. Having said that I just hope the elderly are all ok. It's human to be bummed about TV, stressed if your cell dies or upset you can hardly breathe in the heat. As long as we realize it can always be worse and is for some ppl! I hope the other areas are restored soon and everyone's ok. I know we lost some food, hope no one here had just done a big shopping. Tg we needed to get alot already!
. July 08, 2012 at 02:45 PM
If you left your freezer and refrigerator doors closed, and they were packed well, you should be okay with your food. Mine was still frozen solid this morning.
April July 08, 2012 at 04:44 PM
Omg we are without power in Howell now for an hour but the street light is out too! You think they'd fix that right away. It's a busy intersection, herbertsville and lakewood farmingdale
want2say July 08, 2012 at 07:36 PM
south toms river was without power for some time last night as well. so i went to bed! lol

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