Traffic on Route 34 in Matawan and Aberdeen is moving slowly Thursday afternoon after several street lights lost power.
According to Matawan Lt. Ben Smith, power lines are down near Gravely Brook Park and JCP&L is on their way to the scene. It's unclear at this time if a transformer blew.
Traffic lights at the intersections of Main Street and Route 34, South Atlantic and Route 34, Cambridge Drive and Route 34, and Mill Road and Route 79 are all out, Smith said.
Matawan and Aberdeen police officers are stationed at the affected intersections to help keep traffic flowing. Drivers are asked to use caution.
Over 3,000 JCP&L customers in Matawan, Aberdeen, Holmdel and Hazlet have reported outages to the utility company, including 793 in Matawan, 1,796 in Aberdeen, 45 in Holmdel and 591 in Hazlet.
Residents are asked to refrain from calling police departments to report power outages, as this may clog lines for emergencies. Outages should be reported to JCP&L online or by calling 1-888-544-4877.