Matawan-Aberdeen Power Outages Down to 1,500 as Nor'easter Approaches

Thousands have had their power restored in the last few days, but some customers may have to wait out the Nor'easter in the dark.

More than 1,500 JCP&L customers in Matawan and Aberdeen are still without power after Hurricane Sandy left both communities in the dark nine days ago.

According to the JCP&L outage map, the number of customers without power has decreased to 870 customers in Aberdeen and 699 in Matawan as of 1:00 Wednesday afternoon. Only two days ago, 4,309 customers in Aberdeen and 3,004 customers in Matawan were without power.

A significant amount of electrical trucks from all over the country have been spotted in both Matawan and Aberdeen since Monday, however a nor'easter forecast to hit the area today into tomorrow threatens to slow down restoration with high winds, wet snow and tidal flooding.

Matawan Lt. Jason Gallo shared on the department's Facebook that the Main Street, Broad Street, and Orchard Street areas in the borough remain without power. According to Gallo, crews have advised him that recovery efforts face a possible delay until this weekend due to the storm.

In a press conference Wednesday morning in Long Beach Island, Gov. Chris Christie advised the state that power outages may even increase during the storm.

With the wintry weather moving into the area, warming stations were established at Ravine Drive Elementary School and Strathmore Elementary School. They will remain open until 10 p.m.

If you are in need of assistance, you may contact your police department. However, please remember that the police department cannot provide power outage information.

The Matawan Police Department can be contacted at: (732) 566-1010

The Aberdeen Township Police Department can be contacted at: (732) 566-2054

Tell us: Is your power back or are you still in the dark?

SueH November 07, 2012 at 06:20 PM
The I and J section are still without power. Always the last to be restored, every time.
debra November 07, 2012 at 06:43 PM
High school area no power either. everyone around us has power i just dont understand, on 1st street and atlantic ave there is a substation on lake blvd and by that substation is a tree that is leaning right on the lines that go to substation,i cant understand why they have not removed the trees from the wires. dont know know if this has anything to do with the grid but its crazy the tree is still haning on the lines.
Main street November 07, 2012 at 07:17 PM
We still don't have power on Main street either....I heard that we are on the "Laurence Harbour Substation and we are waiting on them to rebuild the station. Not sure if that's the truth or just a rumor...and we all know JCP & L would never give us that type of information if that's true.
Amy Armellino Kriska November 07, 2012 at 07:23 PM
Does anyone know if the Aberdeen number mention in the article includes Cliffwood Beach? As far as I know no one there has power.
Chelsea Naso (Editor) November 07, 2012 at 07:42 PM
A few residents have commented on the Patch Facebook page that they have gotten power back on some streets in Cliffwood Beach. The Monmouth County half of Cliffwood Beach is included in Aberdeen Township.
e November 07, 2012 at 07:43 PM
Are they still working through the storm until it gets dangerous? Or are they just packing it up because of a couple of snow flakes. Laziness.
PD November 07, 2012 at 07:50 PM
Any word on the remaining buildings in Wellington Place?
Steve Matlick November 07, 2012 at 08:06 PM
It's not laziness - per OSHA regulations if the winds get too high they HAVE to stop working, even if there's no precipitation.
e November 07, 2012 at 08:17 PM
Steve - I said will they work UNTIL it gets dangerous? It's my perception that the winds are not above OSHA standards yet, and they stopped working ANYWAY!
Well-Z November 07, 2012 at 08:48 PM
suggestion for JCP&L - it would have been really nice to hold off auto withdrawing payments from people WHO DONT EVEN HAVE POWER YET TO GET ONLINE TO CHECK THEIR ACCOUNTS - 9 days and counting in the I section of aberdeen
Natalie November 07, 2012 at 11:08 PM
What about Wellington ?
dee November 07, 2012 at 11:32 PM
The I Section needs help..Lines are still down on Idelwild Lane..almostv10 days..is Very cold...
Ed Rooney November 08, 2012 at 01:16 AM
The midnight point section of cliffwood beach behind the public works is still a mess.. there are low wires, 2 cracked poles, and the beach area is a total mess- downed wires on the street and 6 or more broken poles - how long do those people have to wait? i drove by yesterday and it looked as if it wasnt touched..... THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE.......
JB November 08, 2012 at 01:20 AM
all have power!!
JB November 08, 2012 at 01:21 AM
all have power!!
Yuncong Zhang November 08, 2012 at 01:40 PM
The apartment in 55 Broad St in Matawan still in dark.
Concerned Citizen November 08, 2012 at 01:44 PM
I find those numbers hard to believe, especially when the I section area behind the Strathmore pool club is in the dark. Also, Irongate Lane hasn't been plowed. Do we really need to give JCP&L another excuse not to get the power on?
Ashley Rowe November 08, 2012 at 02:01 PM
Yuncong, I'm a resident there too. I follow Matawan Police Department on Facebook and they said we should have power by lunchtime today. The crew worked during the storm when than they weren't supposed to. The facebook post by Lt. Gallo said: Power Update: I just spoke with the workers from Ohio working on Main Street. They advised me that their work will be complete tonight, but the final repair to the substation should be done early tomorrow, hopefully by lunch. His map included Main Street, Broad Street, and Orchard Street. These guys are up in high bucket trucks in the snow and wind. Pray for their safety , as they could've called it quits for the night, but didn't.


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