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UPDATE: Power is Back, Says PSEG

Check here for the latest update about this afternoon's power outage.

UPDATE: PSEG says the power has been restored from this afternoon's black out when the substation, located in the Sewaren section of Woodbridge, crashed and killed the electricity for people in the area.

The PSEG statement is as follows: 

"...[A]t about 2:40 p.m. today, PSE&G’s Sewaren switching station went out of service. Personnel were immediately on site. The outage affected about 45,000 customers in portions of: Perth Amboy, Rahway, Woodbridge, Carteret, Fanwood, Westfield, Mountainside, Edison, Plainfield and Scotch Plains. The Sewaren station was one of a number of switching and substations that experienced significant flooding as a result of Hurricane Sandy on Oct. 29. All customers were restored by about 4:15 p.m."


Another power outage has thrown Woodbridge and area residents back into the dark again.

The culprit is the Sewaren substation, the same electrical cog in the PSE&G network that flooded in Hurricane Sandy's storm surge and knocked out power to thousands in the days following the storm.

This time, up to 25,000 people are affected, said PSEG spokeswoman Annette Hicks. The power outage started at approximately 2:30 pm.

It was only several days ago on November 9 that the substation was reactivated, delivering power to 20,000 people who had been without it for days. 

"We have no idea how long it will take to repair," Hicks said. She did say the company knew of the outage and was hard at work finding the problem and repairing it.

Residents and businesses without power are in Woodbridge, Carteret, Rahway, and Perth Amboy, Hicks said.

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DMAB6395 November 12, 2012 at 08:50 PM
Why don't they just replace it? My sister in Carteret who has a daughter who's only 5 lost power for 12 days. My mother also in Carteret is 74 she had no power for 10 days. I have room for them here but they can't because of jobs & school etc. PSE&G needs to find a way to fix it & not just temporally.
sysengr November 12, 2012 at 09:14 PM
Try 80,000 customers all the way through Berkeley Heights, LifeTime Gym there alerted of temporary closure due to power out at 2:45. NJ1015 reporting power out in rahway Edison scotch plains plainfield parts of woodbridge. According to the SPFP patch, Update: According to PSE&G, at around 3 p.m. a subsation issue in Sewaren causes 80,000 customers were without power again in Edison, Scotch Plains, Rahway and surrounding areas. Maple Hill Farms lost power around this time and an automated message from PSE&G stated it would be restored by 5:57 a.m. on Nov. 13.
Katora November 12, 2012 at 09:19 PM
Power is back in Iselin at 4:15
sysengr November 12, 2012 at 09:20 PM
Just hit enter on last comment and the power is now back.
Lynn panko November 12, 2012 at 10:54 PM
I hope this is not a temporary Band-Aid and the power is on now permanently. Please update your equipment like everyone has said even the outside power trucks And don't ask for anymore money or increase


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