Power returning for those affected by new storms - My9 New Jersey

Power returning for those affected by new storms

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TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Utility crews are working to restore service to thousands of customers who lost electricity when a line of strong, fast-moving storms blew through central and southern New Jersey.

Nearly 70,000 customers lost service when the severe storms hit Saturday night. The storms included lightning and strong winds that gusted more than 70 mph and knocked down numerous trees and power lines across the region.

Jersey Central Power & Light says more than 39,000 Monmouth County customers lost power at the height of the storm, while more than 25,000 in Ocean County had no service.

By Sunday night, about 5,000 customers still had no electricity.

The storms came just a week after similar storms hit in Atlantic and Cape May counties, knocking out power to more than 200,000 customers.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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