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Storms Leave Nearly 6,000 Without Power in Freehold

Water and ice available for JCP&L customers still without power.

Violent thunderstorms blowing through Monmouth County late Saturday knocked out power to some 30,000 customers, according to Jersey Central Power and Light, and had left up to 3,600 outages in Freehold Borough and over 2,300 in Freehold Township still unrestored as of Sunday afternoon.

Officials of the Monmouth County Fair announced that damage at the fairgrounds has resulted in cancellation of the fair Sunday.

Downed trees and local flooding were reported through much of the area and access to Freehold was shut down by police at about 11 p.m. Saturday, according to a report on APP.com.

JCP&L advises residents to assume any downed wires are live and dangerous. The power company has partnered with the following supermarkets to make water and ice available to Freehold residents without power:

Acme
3241 Rt 9
Freehold

Foodarama - Shop Rite
South Street & Rt. 9
Freehold


597 Park Ave
Freehold

Stop & Shop
Raintree Town Center
160 Village Center Drive
Freehold

Freehold Patch user uploaded photos of the damage sustained in Freehold Borough following the storms. Share your photos and videos and let us know how your neighborhood faired.

Kevin Asadi July 30, 2012 at 02:39 AM
I don't believe replacing exhausted trees with new ones would render Freehold unsightly, would you? Today, Freehold is unsightly. Also, we've seen down trees and power outages every few months, not decades. Is this a function of such extraordinary weather? Or have these trees seen healthier days?
BJL July 30, 2012 at 03:45 AM
Has anyone of you noticed that the trees were up rooted completely in tacked. The sign of a completely healthy tree. Open your eyes and stop pointing fingers.
Technokat July 30, 2012 at 07:58 AM
I believe the sights and sounds all point to there having been a tornado or something LIKE a tornado. Two people I know both reported hearing the sound of intense wind ("like a freight train") and hail before extensive damage to the trees surrounding the buildings they were both in--I'm talking a second before the trees split and sent some of their largest limbs careening through the air, there was that unmistakeable noise and the sound of large blocks of ice coming down briefly. Neighbors had a very large part of a tree which had broken off hit their upstairs window. No way that tree "fell" into their house--it was simply too far away to have just fallen. The large limb had burn marks on it which suggest that it was hit by lightening, and then it was carried violently and suddenly by the wind. The devastation at one of my friend's houses suggested a wind that whipped through a particular straight line leveling everything in its path. Straight-line winds? Maybe. Mini-tornado or funnel? Quite possibly.
John Hayes July 30, 2012 at 12:23 PM
Not to mention intact.
sharon grillo July 30, 2012 at 06:01 PM
wow...how bout out of the kindest of your heart..have you ever heard of the word volunteer....pathetic !!!!

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