Power Steadily Restored to New Jersey
Power is steadily being restored to central New Jersey following the ice storm early Wednesday morning that left over 60,000 without power.
According to PSE&G's outage map 4,119 were still without power in their coverage area as of 10:17 a.m. Spokeswoman Karen Johnson in a press release update says the areas of Mercer and Burlington County where the largest number of outages remain sustained "substantial tree and equipment damage" from the ice storm. Crews from out-of-state and Canada worked through the day and into the night yesterday on restoration.
Johnson warns that customers with damaged service lines may not get power back until Friday. Over 22,000 customers in Mercer County alone were in the dark in the hours following the storm on Wednesday morning.
JCP&L, meanwhile, has just 420 customers without power according to its outage map mostly in Hunterdon County as of 10:29 a.m. The Hunterdon County Department of Public Safety warns of planned outages in order to safely complete repairs.
The utility has made water and ice available to customers who are without service in Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth and Somerset counties.
Many schools have again delayed the start of classes today as clean up continues from the storm.
NJ Transit is running on a regular schedule today. SEPTA warns of some delays for passengers using their West Trenton line. FlightAware.com reports 51 flights in-and-out of Newark Liberty have been canceled and 75 delayed as of 8:12 a.m.
Great White Hype
The much talked about weekend storm hyped by social media looks to be a light-to-moderate storm that will affect New Jersey on Saturday night and Sunday according to a National Weather Service briefing. Meteorologist Alan Kasper warns that the forecast could still change, but isn't expecting a large snowfall.
Yet another storm could affect New Jersey on Tuesday or Wednesday of next week.