Update 12:00 a.m. July 27: JCP&L is reporting no outages in Berkeley Heights and New Providence and less than 5 in Springfield. PSE&G continues to report between 1-500 outages countywide, scattered throughout 11 towns including Clark, Cranford, Fanwood, Mountainside, Scotch Plains and Westfield.
Update: By 10:30 p.m. the number of outages being reported in Union County has drastically diminished, with between 1-500 PSE&G customers throughout all of Union County affected (Westfield is now included in towns experiencing outages). JCP&L reports less than 5 outages in both Springfield and Berkeley Heights and 18 in New Providence.
After powerful, fast-moving storms struck the area this evening, communities throughout Union County are seeing power outages shortly before 9 p.m.
In Union County, PSE&G reported 501-2000 outages overall. The PSE&G outage map showed outages in Clark (1-500), Cranford (1-500) and Scotch Plains and Fanwood (1-500 for each town).
Live wires were reported down in Clark on Raritan Road and in Cranford on Springfield Avenue.
JCP&L reported up to 798 customers affected in New Providence, 174 in Springfield, and less than 5 in Berkeley Heights. See the JCP&L outage map here.
Outages have also been reported in Elizabeth, Linden, Roselle Park and Plainfield.
Union County fared better than its neighbors to the south. More than 2,000 customers were without power in Freehold, and more than 2,000 in Howell. Overall, more than in Monmouth County.
JCP&L employees are out assessing storm damage, according to company spokesperson Ron Morano.
"Crews are working now and will be working throughout the night," Morano said.
Athough NJ Transit reported as well as delays on the Northeast Corridor Line, no delays were reported on the Raritan Valley Line that serves Westfield, Cranford, Garwood, Fanwood, Plainfield and Union.