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TELL US: Has Your Power Been Restored?

More than 400,000 still without power; service slowly returning to customers at the Jersey Shore and Mercer, Middlesex and Union counties

Power appears to be returning to residents, slowly.

JCP&L said in a release that it has restored power to nearly 160,000, or about 20 percent, of its customers and expects to have the majority of customers restored within the next seven days. Atlantic Electric reported similar results.

(TELL US in the comments section below: where do you live and is your power back on?)

It could take up to two weeks for customers in the hardest-hit areas to regain power, the company said.

JCP&L reported 940,999 of its nearly 1.1 million customers remained in the dark as of Wednesday night, according to its outage map. The number includes 264,061 in Monmouth; 202,655 in Ocean; 73,388 in Middlesex; 23,880 in Union; and 16,442 in Mercer.

"The damage from Hurricane Sandy far exceeds what we saw from Hurricane Irene or the October 2011 snowstorm," said JCP&L President Don Lynch 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."

The Lakehurst Volunteer Fire Company invited residents to its headquarters Wednesday night to recharge cell phones, take a warm shower and have some coffee. Turnout was light, as fire officials said it was difficult to alert residents to the event since the reverse 9-1-1 system currently does not work. 

Frederick John LaVergne for Congress November 08, 2012 at 02:26 PM
Cedar between Monroe and Locust have been live since Thursday afternoon...
Susan Hargraves November 08, 2012 at 02:40 PM
Well I had an interesting night. I would to start off by saying I am not a fan of snow. At about 7 my power went out. I called PSEG and they gave me the "Friday deadline" for a worker to come out to my house. I figured that this would have happened with the snow. I still felt very irratated for me and all the others that are having to deal with the power outages. Anyway, went to my parents for a few hours. A neighbor texted saying the power was back on. Went home. We were there a few hours and I heard this crazy noise outside while my entire house shook for several seconds. A tractor trailer slammed on its brakes in front of my house to avoid low lying wires. The police had to come to back the truck up-did I mention I live on the Brunswick Circle. So he had to back up onto the circle. Now the whole block in front of my house is partitioned off. My guess is I will be without power again once PSEG comes to fix the wires. I guess my purpose of this story is for information sake and just so I can vent alittle. I know there are others much worse than I am and I am grateful for what I do have, it is just my frustration talking...
jennifer jones November 08, 2012 at 02:40 PM
Day 10 on Wallberg Avenue with no power. Westfield.
Andrew Gabriel November 08, 2012 at 03:37 PM
Power out yet again off in the Sherwood Road section of Manalapan, off of Union Hill Road...
Melissa November 08, 2012 at 04:22 PM
Avalon at Aberdeen has power back.
Amine Azzaoui November 08, 2012 at 04:53 PM
Just wondering.. If you have a generator hooked up to your main panel, how would you know when power's back ? (outside of the obvious, i.e ask neighbors, wait for night time to check street lights etc..)
NJarhead November 08, 2012 at 05:13 PM
Melissa, I passed that on to a guy here at work. You made his day. Thank you for sharing!
Edie Russo November 08, 2012 at 05:43 PM
Power came back on in Manalapan, Woodward/Village Rd area, Saturday AM. Lights flickered a bit during yesterday's snow storm, but did not lose power.
changlll November 08, 2012 at 06:33 PM
I live in Summit (Karen Way off Woodland Ave) and we've been out of power since Monday 10/29, going on 11th day without power or heat. I called Summit Mayor office and asked for street-by-street fix plan, and was told by the clerk that our street is not even on the fix plan JCP&L gave to the Summit Mayor. I'm waiting for a call to get any kind of update.
S November 08, 2012 at 07:37 PM
Power came back on in my part of Old Bridge since the evening of 11/5. I was away for the night but that is what my neighbors told me when I returned. Still waiting for JCP&L to call and tell me that. While i am VERY happy to have power, especially as I know many still do not, I am very dissatisfied with JCP&L's refusal to give any kind of information. I called one morning after sleeping in my car, which was warmer than my house, and was basically told it would be on by Wednesday, unless it took longer. Another time when I called and waited on hold for 15 minutes, I was told they could not find an active account at my address, and transferred me so I could wait on hold with someone else (I didn't, as I was running out of minutes on my phone). Which is interesting, because the automated system had no problem finding my account every time I called. The lack of communication was the most frustrating thing. If they would just communicate clearly with their customers, we could make alternate plans instead of calling them every day and being told nothing.
S November 08, 2012 at 07:43 PM
I'm wondering who you called, too. I never got anything but the runaround when I called them.
Susan Hargraves November 08, 2012 at 08:29 PM
I work in Hamilton-by Trenton-off of Quakerbridge Road. Power just went on and off several times until it finally went out. A co-worker listening to a scanner said that a transformer blew by MCCC. We were only out about 15-20 minutes and it came right back up. Not sure how it came back on so quickly. Things that make you go hmmmmm?
Rob November 08, 2012 at 11:26 PM
I live in point pleasant on bay ave haven't had power for 12 days it came on for 15 min then went back off looks like we're going on day 13
Amine Azzaoui November 09, 2012 at 11:11 AM
I believe all of Holmdel south of the GSP got power back last night (it took the utility crew 2 hours to get it back. I was part of the very patient crowd out there, never complaining not even once, but when i look at the time it took to fix versus the 10 days outage we had, I can't help but roll my eyes....)
Anthony T. November 09, 2012 at 12:22 PM
Got power back Wednesday evening at exactly 7pm. I'm wondering about this now: JCP&L in a statement said they were likely going to increase rates to recover costs associated with restoration (damn, wish I could find that link), and yet this sugge4sts the fed gov't will compensate them, until the 9th: http://www.theithacajournal.com/viewart/20121102/NEWS01/311020009/Feds-cover-initial-Sandy-costs.
Eve November 09, 2012 at 12:37 PM
Not all of it. A lot of houses are still out.
NJarhead November 09, 2012 at 01:13 PM
According to NJ 101.5, that was their claim two years ago (?), but then we're finding via out-of-state workers that no upgrades had taken place.
ray November 10, 2012 at 10:15 PM
Power back for the second time on old tavern road in howell 7 days and power for 3 days send power lost after the storm and now back I'm so numb I don't even know who to be angry at
ray November 10, 2012 at 10:17 PM
Opportunity to talk to a bunch of different power people were working on the storm reson email and they seems to say jcpl equipment very antiquated
Kim H November 10, 2012 at 10:37 PM
Day 13 and most of Fair Haven,NJ has power.Thank God that we had a generator and a Kerosene heater. I think that JCP&L should reimburse us all for the amount of money that its cost us to keep ourselves alive for the last 13 days! They were unprepared for storm and their equipment is antiquated.
Elizabeth November 11, 2012 at 08:48 AM
Got power Friday at around 5PM. THRILLED! Yet my TV is now not working. I guess because of all the cold air/condensation. It turned green, still has sound, but as of today (Sunday) no picture. I guess it's a casualty of Sandy. I shouldn't complain, I know many are much worse off than me. But still, after 11 days in the dark, was really looking forward to relaxing in a warm place and watch some TV. Called DirecTV, they dx as the TV blowing something, not them. Of course they haven't come out here to dx wires etc. in person. TV was only 7 years old, worked fine before Sandy... think I can get FEMA to help pay? LOL! So grateful to the Mayor of Springfield who we met at the Shelter. Didn't stay over at the shelter, but got ice there and charged batteries etc. Wish we had gotten dry ice like they did in NY State because the added humidity and flooding of kitchen floor causes a lot of damage. All my floor tiles have buckled and now are chipping. Ah well, expensive problems...
Anthony T. November 11, 2012 at 11:07 AM
What I read was that rates would increase due to the damage, not for upgrades. I'm sure if they're pressured to upgrade, we might as well send our first born children over with the first bill following.
val November 11, 2012 at 02:06 PM
Kim H and Elizabeth....that's why you submit a form to FEMA..if your insurance company won't help you with items...probably not worth the deductible..it doesn't hurt to fill out a form with FEMA...everyone and I mean everyone...people who weren't even touched by the storm are filling out forms...we have minor damage and we were told to fill out a form..it doesn't hurt if you don't try...what have you got to lose..except some time.
Donna Griffin November 11, 2012 at 02:19 PM
Amine...you wouldn't know because you have taken yourself off the grid. We knew once we saw our neighbors' lights go on.
Yuxin November 16, 2012 at 02:41 PM
Little Ferry... We still don't have powers now!!!!! Don't know what PSEG is doing... It takes them one day to put on the meter for the electricity, another one day to put on the meter for the gas, etc...
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