Damage from the powerful coastal storm that has been battering New Jersey since Thursday morning has left thousands without electricity.
Nearly 10,000 power outages were reported across the state by 9:30 p.m., with the vast majority affecting areas served by JCP&L.
The National Weather Service issued wind advisories for Atlantic, southeast Burlington, Cape May, Monmouth, and Ocean counties in New Jersey in advance of the storm, predicting that easterly winds of 20 to 30 mph with gusts of 45 to 50 mph were likely.
The advisory is in effect for Atlantic and Cape May counties beginning at 6 p.m. on Thursday and ending at 4 a.m. on Friday. The advisory will begin at 9 p.m. Thursday in southeast Burlington, Monmouth, and Ocean counties and will last until 10 a.m. Friday.
Experts have warned of scattered power outages and the potential for damage to any loose exterior goods, such as trash cans or holiday decorations. By Friday morning, the winds should have shifted to the west and diminished.
On Friday, the storm is predicted to travel out of the state, but not before bringing winds of up to 40 mph to the state’s interior.
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