Originally posted on CBS New York:
LAKEWOOD, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) - A state of emergency has been declared in Freehold Township as thousands of utility customers in Central Jersey remained without power late on Sunday afternoon after a series of severe storms moved through the region.
The first wave of storms, which contained lightning and heavy rains, knocked out power to about 30,000 customers on Saturday afternoon. And thousands more lost their service when more severe thunderstorms hit late on Saturday night, knocking down numerous trees and power lines.
As of 1:45 p.m. on Sunday, 1,400 customers were without power in Freehold Township and 3,200 were without power in Freehold. In total, 5,600 customers were without power in Monmouth County.
The storms also damaged several tents and the grounds at the Monmouth County Fair in Freehold Township, forcing officials to cancel the fair’s final day of events on Sunday.
In Freehold, officials will take a look to…
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