All power restored following weekend storms

FREEHOLD - Utility crews have restored power to all of the customers who lost electricity when a line of powerful thunderstorms blew through central and southern New Jersey over the weekend.

Jersey Central Power and Light says all of its customers have electricity again.

Nearly 70,000 customers lost service when the severe storms hit Saturday night. The storms included lightning and strong wind gusts of more than 70 mph that knocked down numerous trees and power lines across the region.

Freehold Township and Freehold Borough were among the areas hardest hit by the storm. Lightning struck a tree on South Street that sent it crashing into a nearby home and parked car. No serious injuries were reported.

The storms came just a week after similar storms hit in Atlantic and Cape May counties, knocking out power to more than 200,000 customers.

Powerful storm wreaks havoc in Freehold

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