A severe thunderstorm may have brought relief from high temperatures, but it also left thousands without power in Monmouth and Ocean counties Saturday evening.
Toms River was among the worst hit, with over 11,000 without power. Howell Township had over 8,600 customers in the dark and Brick had more than 2,800. Wall had nearly 800 in the dark.
Atlantic Electric reported than more than 3,000 customers lost power in Manhawkin. The company's outage map is here.
Berkeley Township was relatively unscathed, with minimal power outages in some sections of town, Mayor Carmen F. Amato Jr. said.
However, township parks and recreation department workers were out shortly after the storm, helping to clear roads where trees had fallen, the mayor said.
Residents can call the Berkeley Township Police Department to report power outages or downed trees at 732-341-6600 or JCP&L at: 1-888-544-4877
In the eastern part of the Monmouth County, Bradley Beach was most impacted, with 3,200 customers without power--nearly all JCP&L's customers in the borough. Eatontown had 1,340 households without power and Red Bank had just over 1,000.
JCP&L makes information on outages available on its Web site.
Patricia A. Miller contributed to this article.