Heavy thunderstorms and rain swept through the township late Thursday afternoon and knocked out power to some 2,254 residences, according to utility provider Jersey Central Power & Light.
UPDATE: 1,038 residences were without power as of 9:50 p.m. Thursday, dropping the town's outage percentage to 15-percent of homes impacted.
Outages began around 6 p.m. on both sides of atop Schooley's Mountain and in the valleys on both ends. The West Morris Central football game at the high school was also cancelled.
The Chester and Newburgh Road circuits – which power major sections of the township – have both been impacted, according to Washington Township Mayor Ken Short.
"There are approximately 38,000 customers out in northern NJ as a result of this evening's storms. We are assessing the damage and working to begin restoring customers," JCP&L spokesperson Ron Morano said Thursday night in an email to Patch.
Specific reasons for the outages – downed trees, power lines, transformer issues – are not yet known. An estimated time of restoration is also unavailable at this time.
According to a resident who posted a comment on Long Valley Patch's Facebook page, a tree is down and laying on power lines on Turtleback Road, and another tree is partially down on the corner of Beacon Hill and Rt. 513.
Squire Hill and Reservoir Roads, along with Brittany Hills development are also without power, readers said.
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