POINT PLEASANT — Equipment malfunction caused more than 4,000 residents to lose power earlier this week, according to officials.
Outages were first reported in the evening hours of Monday, Nov. 9 and impacted around 4,300 customers, Jersey Central Power & Light officials stated.
“The outage, which was initially reported shortly after 8:30 p.m., was caused by equipment malfunction,” Clifford B. Cole, senior communication representative, told The Ocean Star. “Crews worked safely to make the necessary repairs and all customers were restored by 10 p.m.”
In a message to residents on the municipal website Nov. 9, Mayor Robert Sabosik stated that for several hours the borough experienced sporadic power outages, which became more widespread as the hours went on.
“After talking with JCP&L representatives, the most recent information we have as of 9:30 p.m. this evening is that JCP&L had to open two breakers at their distribution control center that feeds approximately 40 [percent] of Point Pleasant Borough,” he wrote.
“One of those two breakers is back in operation. This, according to them, was done in response to what appears to be a voltage irregularity that was causing damage to equipment in the field including but not limited to transformers. They have called in substation line crews to identify and resolve the issue.”
Chief of Police Richard Larsen spoke to The Ocean Star about the situation Monday.
“Starting at about 5 p.m., we here at the police department received numerous phone calls regarding power outages and voltage irregularities across town. Some people were saying that their house was receiving too much voltage, some people were saying that their house received too little voltage,” he said.
“We also received numerous reports … of electrical transformers that were exploding on different streets. We also had a couple of traffic signals that were reported to be out of service and numerous fire and burglar alarms due to the voltage irregularities. They were all attributed to that.
“We notified Jersey Central, who dispatched crews here into our town to investigate the situation. We also, of course, dispatched our officers and the fire department members to many of these calls as necessary.”
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