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Tens of Thousands Lose Power in Weather-Related Outages in NJ

Tens of thousands of people were left in the dark for part of the day Friday as utility workers rushed to fix widespread power outages in New Jersey caused by the rain. 

PSE&G said that more than 45,000 customers were without power for at least part of the morning in a breakout of outages that stretched from East Brunswick to Westwood and from Bayonne as far west as Clifton.

By late Friday afternoon, power had been restored to all but 7,000 customers, PSEG said in a statement to News 4, noting that its online outage map was not updating properly. 

The Menlo Park Mall in Edison appeared to be one of the locations affected; a Twitter user told NBC 4 New York the shopping center lost power about 11:30 a.m.

According to the utility, the outages come from weather-related damage to circuits at switching stations throughout the area. 

The utility added that  rain and condensation mixed with salt on the roadways and compromised equipment. 

"We are working to restore power to customers as quickly and safely as possible," the utility said.

The utility said it's prepared for additional power outages overnight Friday because of the ongoing weather conditions. 

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