Dozens of power outages reported across Greater Morristown from t-storms

A hollowed-out tree came down in Morristown during Tuesday's storm, May 15, 2018. Photo courtesy of Mayor Tim Dougherty
A hollowed-out tree came down in Morristown during Tuesday's storm, May 15, 2018. Photo courtesy of Mayor Tim Dougherty
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As of 6 pm on May 15, 2018, Jersey Central Power & Light reports that thunderstorms knocked out electricity for about 170 customers in Greater Morristown.

Some 133 customers were out in Morris Township, another 32 lost power in Morris Plains, while fewer than five were affected in Morristown, according to the utility.

In Morris Plains, a tree crashed onto a porch on Tower Hill Road. Nobody was injured, said Mayor Frank Druetzler, who was driving on Route 10 when the storm struck.

“It was windy as hell… and then it ended, just like that,” Druetzler said.

In the Township, between 100 and 500 homes lost power on Skyline Drive, said Mayor Peter Mancuso.

Morristown Mayor Tim Dougherty said some trees went down on Willow and and Lafayette streets. Hollowed-out trees continue to pose problems during storms, he said.

Nearly 26,000 customers have lost power across Morris County, and about 61,000 JCP&L customers statewide are without electricity.

News 12 New Jersey is reporting that the storm is largely done with the county. No word yet on when power will be restored. Druetzler estimated that about half of the affected residents in Morris Plains are back on the grid.

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