/Nearly 1 million in N.J. still without power a day after Tropical Storm Isaias barreled through state

Nearly 1 million in N.J. still without power a day after Tropical Storm Isaias barreled through state


Nearly 1 million homes and businesses in New Jersey remained without power as early Wednesday, a day after Tropical Storm Isaias brought fierce winds, heavy rains and even tornados to some parts of the state.

“Some of these outages may last for a few days due to the severity of the storm,” Gov. Phil Murphy tweeted Tuesday evening. “We are working closely with the utilities to restore power as quickly and safely as possible.”

In an update at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, PSE&G said it had restored power to 275,000 customers but that more than 300,000 remained without power. In addition, PSE&G said there were close to 700 critical facilities without power, including hospitals, police/fire/ambulance, gas stations, transit systems, nursing homes and others without power.

The following outages were reported by the three major utility companies as of 10:20 a.m. Wednesday:

  • JCP&L: 559,831 of its 1,131,724 customers
  • PSE&G: 304, 266 of its 2,326,730 customers
  • Atlantic City Electric: 70,922 of its 545,555 customers
Tropical Storm Isaias tornado damage

Homes and businesses on the 500 block of South Shore Road in Upper Township suffered damage from a tornado during Tropical Storm Isaias, Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020. Here, a shed was upended at this home.Lori M. Nichols | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

Tropical Storm Isaias tornado damage

Homes and businesses on the 500 block of South Shore Road in Upper Township suffered damage from a tornado during Tropical Storm Isaias, Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020. Lori M. Nichols | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

The providers have said recovery in some areas will be a multi-day effort in the wake of a storm that brought heavy rain, wind gusts of up to 75 mph, and flooding. Utility workers were hampered throughout the day Tuesday by high winds that prevented them from working, officials said.

Murphy said the hope is most customers will have their service back within three days, though some areas could take longer.

“I would say most importantly to folks, they’re gonna need some patience if you’ve lost your power,” Murphy said during a television interview on WABC-7 in New York City. “This could be a multi-day period here till you get it back.”

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