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More than 230,000 Monmouth customers are still in the dark.

Power outage numbers continued to drop slightly across the state Thursday. But many in Monmouth and Ocean counties still don't have it.

In Ocean County overall, there were 170,303 who still have no power Thursday evening, and 108,265, or 39 percent, who had been restored, said Ron Morano, JCP&L spokesman.

In Monmouth County, 234,208 were still without power Thursday evening and 41,323, or about 15 percent, had been restored, Morano said.

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 233,899 in Monmouth, down from the 264,061 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.

diana hartman November 02, 2012 at 02:33 PM
I was lucky to have my electricity restored on Wednesday before 11 am after being without power for 42 hours. I live near the border of Jackson and Lakewood. I wish that everyone else can get their power back on soon. I have no Cablevision /Optimum tv service though --which should have returned once the electric was restored. I got through to Cablevision late last night after being on hold for 40 minutes. I was told that my area still had a problem that they were working to fix. However Cablevision could not tell me when my service might be restored. I have not ventured out of my home since last Saturday. I do not know if stores are open, if traffic lights are still non-functional, etc. If anyone can let me know what is going on in regards to this in the Lakewood, Jackson, Freehold, Howell or other areas please post something on this website. Thanks.
Joey Bagdano November 02, 2012 at 02:40 PM
in his defense JCPL not NJ is to blame here. Apparently no advance crews in place b4 storm. Now they are coming in from as far as MIssouri. Watching GMA today and theyre joking about sam champion and purses. This is nuts. This needs to be a priortiy b4 we become apoclypse world.
Nan Narfe Coll November 02, 2012 at 02:59 PM
I am curious. Do you know Mark? I do not know either of you. Mark might be an elderly man, might not have a car or gas for it if he has one and cannot walk to a food store or get out of his house. No matter hostile comments such as yours are not helpful.
Jeannie Blythe November 02, 2012 at 08:07 PM
I used to live in NJ. I am in another state but my heart goes out to everyone that has been so horribly hit. I heard on my local news that an power co from Alabama was at a holding point in Va. on their way to NJ when they were given papers stating unless they were union people, they couldn't work there. I heard it a few times and would love to know who is responsible for that. You people need help not unions or politics! God bless you all and I hope you get the help you so desperately need very soon.
Jeannie Blythe November 02, 2012 at 08:55 PM
Joey, please see my post above.


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