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Power Outages Increase in Most Towns After Nor'Easter

Route 36 still blocked with telephone wires and pole


Wednesday's nor'easter has caused more power outages in the Long Branch-Eatontown area and Route 36 in Eatontown is closed after a broken pole and wires fell Wednesday night.

The road closure is causing major delays in West Long Branch, Eatontown and Long Branch on Thursday morning, and those looking to get to the Garden State Parkway should use an alternate route.

The number of outages climbed back into the thousands in Tinton Falls and Eatontown and there are almost 500 additional outages in Long Branch today, according to Jersey Central Power & Light.

Long Branch: 3,103 outages

Eatontown: 1,111 outages

Tinton Falls: 3,192 outages

West Long Branch: 69 outages

However, some things are starting to reopen in the area on Thursday morning.

The entrance to Monmouth Beach on Ocean Avenue from Long Branch has reopened to traffic and the police checkpoints have been removed, according to a message from the Monmouth Beach Office of Emergency Management.

Ocean Avenue in Sea Bright has been closed since Hurricane Sandy hit, but could reopen as early as Monday. Seven Bridges Road in Little Silver is also still closed for repairs.

The retail shops of Pier Village have reopened, but the restaurants remain closed. The restaurants on the west side of Pier Village suffered less damage than the ones located on the boardwalk such as McLoone's Pier House and Avenue.

Main roads, other than Route 36, are passable today as DPW crews deployed sand and plows last night and Thursday morning to deal with the several inches of snow the area received.


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