Thousands of utility customers in New Jersey were without power Saturday night as severe thunderstorms moved through the region.
A storm left residents in Edgewater, New Jersey without power on Sunday. Residents told CBS 2′s Dave Carlin that a transformer exploded during the storm.
The powerful storms broke the heat, but left downed trees, power lines and other damage in its wake and knocking out power to thousands of customers.
As of Saturday afternoon, the Long Island Power Authority reported that 130 of its customers are without power, most of which reside in Hempstead, Oyster Bay and North Hempstead.
Cooling centers will be open on Friday to help New Yorkers beat the heat, as near record-breaking temps continue to suffocate the area.
On Thursday, it will be very hot and humid with a high near the record of 97, last reached in 1988, according to AccuWeather. RealFeel temperatures are expected to be between 100 and 105 on Thursday.
11,000 customers in New Jersey’s largest city were without power because of a transformer problem. The power went out at about noon and came back at 3:52 p.m., PSEG confirmed.
A construction crew hit a gas main on Bloomfield Avenue and South Park Street. As a precaution, about 100 people have been evacuated and streets around the area closed.
About 9,500 customers in Edison and Metuchen were without power as a result of the explosion and fire. Firefighters eventually got the blaze under control and as of 10:30 p.m., all power had been restored.
Solar panels are still too expensive for most homeowners, but as prices drop many towns expect to see a flood residents looking line their rooftops to capture the sun’s energy.
PSE&G crews worked to clamp the main along Pacific Avenue near Grand Street.
The customer is told to avoid having service cut off, he must purchase a prepaid debit card and call back.
The utility said someone has been calling customers posing as a company employee and threatening to shut off electric and gas service if a payment is not made to them that day using a prepaid debit card.
“She was able to fight him off. He ran out and ran into the street,” said Jersey City Police Chief Tom Comey.
The utility has awarded a $3.3 billion contract to PSE&G of New Jersey. The 10-year deal takes effect in January 2014.
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