The Star-Ledger on September 13, 2013 at 7:04 AM, updated September 13, 2013 at 7:57 AM
About 2,800 Jersey Central Power & Light customers in Morris County are in the dark Friday morning after a severe lightning storm featuring strong rain and heavy winds blew through the region Thursday evening, according on the utility's online outage map.
A Jersey Central Power and Light employees works in 2011.Jerry McCrea/The Star-Ledger As of 7 a.m., 2,817 customers were
without power, JCP&L reported. While most towns have fewer than five customers without power, Washington Township accounted for the lion's share with 953 customers without power, according to the map.
Jefferson has the second highest number of outages with 762 customers, according to the map. The number of customers without power nearly tripled from Thursday evening.
"We are experiencing power outages due to severe weather," JCP&L said in a statement on its website Thursday. "Crews are assessing the damage and restoring service."
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