STATE – Utilities are continuing to restore service to customers who lost power due to damage from Hurricane Irene, but thousands throughout New Jersey remain in the dark.
As of 9 a.m. this morning, PSE&G had restored electric service to about 670,000 customers affected by the hurricane and has reported substantial progress during the past 48 hours. The utility is working to restore the remaining 70,000 customers statewide, and expects to have the work complete within the next 4 to 6 days.
Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) reports that 240,000 customers remain without power today. The majority should be restored by this weekend, according to the utility, with full restoration by early next week.
According to the utilities, flooding presents a major challenge to restoration efforts. Flood waters are preventing employees from entering some areas, and it takes time to dry and clean flooded substations so they can restore power to customers.
To report downed wires or power outages, PSE&G customers should call the utility’s customer service line at 1-800-436-PSEG.
JCPL / First Energy customers should call 1-888-LIGHTSS (1-888-544-4877).
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