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Most Still Don't Have Power In Monmouth And Ocean Counties

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.

Mark Wauben November 02, 2012 at 12:42 AM
We live in Brick, and I have not seen even one utility truck, in our neighborhood of Baywood...it was one of the hardest hit and there still isn't any end in sight...we have yet to see any federal people from FEMA...any local officials or even a garbage truck for that matter...the insurance people say that they will call back but we don't have a way to charge our phones, our cars and homes are flooded and its unhealthy...we saw the helicopters of Obama and his press corps fly over...where is the help from the local, state and federal government...so far i"m not impressed with the response? Thank god I can vote next week, this crap has to change.
PeterD November 02, 2012 at 12:51 AM
Has anyone received an update as to when the upper highlands along 36 will get their power restored? We have not heard a peep, they are keeping us in the dark.
lauren beys November 02, 2012 at 01:05 AM
My heart goes out to those who lost their homes. We live in middletown nj and last hurricane (irene) we were left with down trees, smoking transformer, and wires all over our lawn for 8 days. Now once again we r out of power . I'm not confident that it will happen ay time soon. I
Sarah November 02, 2012 at 01:08 AM
We need traffic lights restored on rt 70 and all main roads. It is dangerous out there
Americo Cruz November 02, 2012 at 01:15 AM
Forge pond area of brick and still waiting for power but been trying to have fun with the kids playing monopoly making believe we're camping Monday night was a ruff one I stayed up the whole night listening to live power lines dageling in the street wile my barrier fence was destroyed by the wind I'm so thankfull that my home and family r still attached and safe especially after going to other nieborhoods to help out and me and my kids really got to see first hand at all the devistation that was left by sandy So going a few days or weeks without power is the least of our problems.
Kels November 02, 2012 at 01:16 AM
Next seven days? Very unspecific. It's very cold and dark by 6pm, and the traffic on rt35+36 is terrible/ dangerous most of the day. - Middletown resident w/ out power. Day 4 going on 5.
Bonnie MacPherson November 02, 2012 at 01:37 AM
Has power been restored to Broad Street and Main Street in Toms River.
Marcie Case November 02, 2012 at 02:12 AM
What about the over 55 community without power. Our house is59 degrees and we are some of the younger people in the community.
lynn November 02, 2012 at 05:32 AM
Is there any power yet to areas on the west side of the bridge lot of elderly and children inthat area Past the Osbornville Protestant Church People are down there .Please let me know
lynn November 02, 2012 at 05:34 AM
why is there so much traffic when the state needs to be able to get to people stil stuck
ride164 November 02, 2012 at 06:53 AM
Hey mark. Don't be such a Mary. Man up. Can you do that? Get a few candles, some beef jerky and a bottle of water and sit tight. The power will come back on and life will go on. What are you , 12? It's so sad to me, as a a career firefighter who has seen such devastation in the last few days to see a grown man complain and blame his discomfort of 4 whole days on the government . A hurricane if historic proportions just hit nj buddy... Stop crying like a girl and show a little backbone for Pete's sake.....
KingNeptune November 02, 2012 at 08:33 AM
I think it's time to question the continued use of overhead power lines.
Girt Lover November 02, 2012 at 09:11 AM
What a bunch of whiners! Did you ever stop to think that the people that work for the power company are trapped in there homes? They are also trying to take care of their families? Ride you have it right! Learn to take care of yourselves and then help your neighbor.
marta November 02, 2012 at 01:48 PM
I always learn that you are suppose to do for others first, then yourself. Don't be mean its not time for that.
marta November 02, 2012 at 01:52 PM
Very well said.
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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