STATE – Utility crews are working to restore power to New Jersey residents who lost electricity as a result of Saturday’s snowstorm, but it’s a slow process.
As of Monday evening, 234,000 JCP&L customers remained affected, down from 356,000 total. PSE&G reported that 140,000 customers were without electricity as of 6:30 a.m., down from more than 560,000 who were originally affected.
The largest concentrations of affected customers are in Bergen, Essex, Morris and Passaic counties. Both PSE&G and JCP&L expect to restore service to most customers by Thursday.
Electric crews work to restore power to the largest numbers of customers first, taking into account “priority” customers, such as hospitals, police stations, fire stations, water and sewer facilities, communications facilities, and customers on life-sustaining medical equipment. At the same time, the utility restores power to homes and businesses, starting with the circuits serving the largest number of customers.
JCP&L customers can report power outages to 1-888-544-4877 (888-LIGHTSS). PSE&G’s customers can call 1-800-436-PSE (7734). For the latest information, visit http://pseg.com/ or https://firstenergycorp.com/jersey_central_power_light.html
NJ Transit has restored rail service on all lines, but trains are not running between Hackettstown and Lake Hopatcong on the Morris and Essex Lines. As of Tuesday morning, all trains are subject to delays – from 10-15 minutes system-wide and between 30-45 minutes on the Morris and Essex Lines. For the latest updates, check http://www.njtransit.com
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