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UPDATE: Ocean County Power Outages

More than 170,000 customers in Ocean County are still in the dark.

Power outage numbers continued to drop slightly across the state Thursday.

According to one utility company, though, residents shouldn't expect power back any time soon from a storm it is comparing to Hurricane Katrina.

JCP&L reported in a release on Wednesday that the majority of customers will be restored within the next seven days. However, it could take up to two weeks for customers in the hardest-hit areas to regain power, the company said.

JCP&L reported about 822,000 of its nearly 1.1 million customers remained in the dark as of about 2:45 p.m. on Thursday, according to its outage map. The number includes 170,303 in Ocean County, down from the 202,655 who were without power late Wednesday night.

“The damage from Hurricane Sandy far exceeds what we saw from Hurricane Irene or the October 2011 snowstorm,” said Don Lynch, president of JCP&L, in a release.

 “While we were better prepared for Hurricane Sandy, the damage rivals that experienced during Hurricane Katrina, one of our nation’s most devastating and expensive hurricanes. In preparing for Hurricane Sandy, we positioned 1,600 line crews and 1,200 forestry professionals prior to the storm even making landfall.”

At the peak, more than 1 million of JCP&L’s 1.1 million customers were without power.

staceyb November 03, 2012 at 04:11 AM
Thanks Evelyn. Any idea as to when? I know a friend of mine near the shoprite on 37 just got power.
lovemygirls November 03, 2012 at 02:27 PM
do you know if jamestown village has power (walnut street side) specifically the buildings in rental office parking lot? thanks in advance
lovemygirls November 03, 2012 at 02:56 PM
do you know if jamestown village has power (walnut street side) specifically the buildings in rental office parking lot? thanks in advance
tim c November 03, 2012 at 03:20 PM
Lovemygirls....unfortunately i have a freind that lives by the rental office and she was told that before that side goes on they will need to replace poles..when she call they said it will be on between sun-wednesday
tim c November 03, 2012 at 03:21 PM
Im on walnut..the last section before hooper and i have power as of yesterday...anyway for u to check?
lovemygirls November 03, 2012 at 03:29 PM
building 14 across from rental office. i went out of state due to loss of power and a newborn baby. i dont kno any of the neighbors to call. just trying to get home soon! thanks for ur help!
judy pace November 03, 2012 at 06:41 PM
My mom is in holiday city toms river and she had power through out the storm but lost power Thursday. Does anyone know why?
bippy November 03, 2012 at 07:04 PM
I have friends on Maple St, that I have been unable to reach. Do you know if Maple Street has power? Has there been any major damage on that street?
Frederick John LaVergne for Congress November 03, 2012 at 07:08 PM
Which is why the power companies did Hospitals and Schools (to be used as shelters) first.
Artist/Engineer November 04, 2012 at 12:36 AM
I live in Whiting Station. I have spoken with the disaster recovery team sent to my area from Connecticut, Illinois, Texas, and Georgia to repair the power lines and they are appalled at how JCP&L has bungled the effort by not letting them do their jobs. One example of this was when a team was dispatched to a major local road in whiting with many lines down from fallen trees at 10:30 am. They were not permitted to start work until a "bird dog" from JCP&L showed up to micromange the situation and grant permission for them to do their work. Well, the team sat their until 5 pm before the irepresentative from JCP&L showed up and gave them the go ahead to proceed. What an incredible waste of resources!!! And meanwhile over 500 frail seniors in Whiting Station and the Meadows are without heat, power, refrigeration, etc. JCP&L should be run out of town and replaced by another management team. PSE&G would be a good choice. You've heard the rumors that union crews are being sent out of town, and then heard it being denied by Christie. Well, it is true, I've seen it happening, and I am outraged that this huge waste of resources is happening right here because of a petty issue of jurisdiction when lives are at risk and huge amounts of emergency capital are being squandered, none of which we can afford now or ever.
miller November 04, 2012 at 02:48 AM
you're not the only one without power and so what, no power boo hoo, thousands of other people have the same problem, so don't bitch about it when people lost their houses. oh and i'm not one of them i'm just a little more considerate
miller November 04, 2012 at 02:57 AM
it's hard to keep track of everything in this kind of situation. you should try i sometime.
miller November 04, 2012 at 02:59 AM
have you seen what happened in brick by the water. whatever your problem is theres is 10x worse
miller November 04, 2012 at 03:01 AM
you have a house you're lucky no power get over it
karen barkon November 04, 2012 at 11:37 AM
You have your lives...no heat, no electric...you won't freeze if you own a sweat shirt and a blanket, you won't starve if you eat some dry cheerios...We can sacrifice a bit, a week, maybe 2 or even 3...but about those that sacrificed their homes and some even their lives...Feel the pain...use this situation to be a learning lesson for your children. Show them the devastation that others are going through...teach them compassion not complaining..You will survive this..
Catherine November 04, 2012 at 11:49 AM
Very well said DaveL! These people who are complaining have a house that heat and electric will come back on to sit in. I've been volunteering at SRHS and those people have NOTHING and that means not even a q-tip can be found where their homes once stood. People don't seem to understand that there's a reason the power isn't on yet (downed trees, gas lines, sewers) and mostly it's to protect lives.
Brian Case November 04, 2012 at 02:45 PM
Does any one know if Holiday City West, specifically Costa Mesa Drive, has power. Thanks.
Catherine November 04, 2012 at 03:15 PM
For people asking is power is back on or when it will be back on type your info in to whatever company you have and that should give you the answers you need. http://www.pseg.com/home/customer_service/outage_info/outagemap.jsp https://www.firstenergycorp.com/content/customer/outages_help/Sandy/NJOutageCity.html
Catherine November 04, 2012 at 03:16 PM
Here's info for AC electric http://www.atlanticcityelectric.com/home/emergency/maps/stormcenter/storm_center_default.aspx#
gracie allen November 05, 2012 at 03:04 AM
One hour shy of 4 days without power. Walnut Street. Came on around 2:30pm Friday. Couldn't pile enough blankets on the bed and it was still COLD! (as most of you know) 52 degrees inside. I'm not going to complain about it either. I'm thankful that's all I lost after seeing the pictures of devastation all around me. Thank you to the JCP&L crew and whoever else helped get the power back on!!!!!!
lovemygirls November 05, 2012 at 03:32 AM
do u happen to know if jamestown apartments have power yet...the walnut street section? i live across from rental office and as of this afternoon there was still no power :(
tim c November 05, 2012 at 04:35 PM
whoever Miller is ...Lemme just say your a douche...And no power by the rental office on walnut yet...
tim c November 05, 2012 at 09:28 PM
LOVEMYGIRLS...I will check for you when I get home tonight around 6pm.
bippy November 05, 2012 at 10:04 PM
Do you know if Maple St has power?
tim c November 06, 2012 at 11:37 AM
All of Jamestown village now has power
Jenny Novak November 06, 2012 at 06:58 PM
I live in Barnegat & we got power yesterday at 5 p.m. after being without it since Monday, Oct. 29th abt. 2p.m. Thank God for Alabama Power. They worked really hard & were such nice & polite guys. They didn't make excuses & got our power on just when they said they would. They worked really fast because they have alot of experience in hurricane-affected outages. JCP&L sucks; never saw them; couldn't get hold of anyone on the phone & my daughter (another JCP&L customer) still has no power in Parsippany.
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Holly park in bayville has not had power since oct. 29th and its now November 8th
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My parents are in Leisure village and are elderly, they are cold, misserable, and have had to resort to a friends home in Toms River. Whats wrong with JCP&L? The kind people of that community have been bringing meals to the club house for these folks. God Bless them. I am four hours away and due to health reasons my parents must stay in that god forsaken hell hole of a state as they get weekly treatment.
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