More than 50,000 customers in New Jersey without power

NEW JERSEY — A widespread power outage in New Jersey on Friday cut electricity to more than 56,000 customers as its peak, but hours later those without power are starting to come back online.

JCP&L and PSE&G reported the widespread outages because of an issue at a JCP&L substation, NJ.com reported.

About 4,600 JCP&L customers remained without power shortly after 6 p.m., while about 3,400 PSE&G customers had no electricity at that same time.

Earlier, it was a different story.

As of 12 p.m., PSE&G, the state’s largest utility, reported a total of more than 41,000 customers without power with more than 19,000 customers affected in Union County, over 6,000 customers without power in Essex County, and under 5,000 customers affected in Bergen County.

Shortly after 1 p.m., JCP&L reported more than 9,500 customers without power, down from the 16,000 reported earlier.

Shoppers walked into Menlo Park Mall to find stores unlit.

No power at Menlo Park mall (credit: Gene Coughlin/Twitter)

Several schools opened with delays including the Wilson School in Lodi, which opened around 9:30 a.m., according to the school website. County College of Morris had a delayed opening of 9 a.m., NJ.com reported. All Lodi public schools experienced delays with schools opening around 9:30 a.m. this morning, according to the Lodi Police Department.

As of 10:45 a.m, power was restored to all Cranford School.  By 11:26 a.m., Gregory Elementary School and Roosevelt Middle School power has been restored, West Orange Schools tweeted out.

PIX11’s Christie Duffy contributed to this report.