Thousands still without power in NJ from earlier wind gusts
High wind gusts that toppled trees and caused power lines to fall still left thousands of New Jerseyans in the dark Sunday night, as crew continued working to restore power to customers in the Garden State.
As of 9:45 p.m. Sunday, nearly 8,000 residents were still in the dark.
- JCP&L's outage map shows more than 7,000 without power mostly in Morris, Hunterdon and Somerset counties.
- PSE&G outage map shows over 1,800 still impacted, mostly in Union and Somerset counties.
- Atlantic City Electric showed just over 800 "affected" throughout the southern half of the state.
“We take every storm with the potential for outages seriously and have additional personnel scheduled and on standby, with auxiliary equipment at the ready,” John Latka, senior vice president of electric and gas operations for PSE&G said Sunday. “Strong winds can make it difficult for our trucks to get around, and our crews can’t go up in buckets to make repairs until the winds subside. Should there be outages, please know that we will restore customers as quickly and safely as possible.”
JCP&L spokesman Ron Morano said crews are out working to restore power.
"Our crews are out there responding and restoring customers. We had additional support come in today and we have tree contractors helping us with tree related outages," Morano said. "Safety is our number one concern each and every day not only of our workers but the general public as well."
The high winds led to delays and dozens of cancellations Newark Liberty International Airport Sunday according to FlightAware.com. As of Sunday night, the website reports there were 321 delays at the airport, and 106 total cancellations as of 9:45 p.m.
Dan Alexander contributed to this report.
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