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UPDATE: Power Outages in Monmouth County

More than 230,000 Monmouth customers 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 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.

Jennifer Pepe Meyers November 02, 2012 at 12:38 PM
I don't believe the power companies or any other entity is picking and choosing who to help and who not too. I do believe and have seen many people working hard and offering to share what they have with others...please if your family needs heat and electricity complaining will not keep them warm seek the assistance thats out there it may not be as convenient and as comfortable as you would like but help is there if you need it...much time and man-power is being used still on search and rescue for people who refused to evacuate...Now if you are staying in your home where lack of heat or lights is becoming a safety issue for your families err on the side of caution and hope for the best....But staying and putting your families in danger because you "feel" things should be done a certain way in your time...There is no political party, elected official, customer service department, or any other human being on this planet who can undo what has been done here...by nature...and if you don't understand that then explaining how a transformer works is kind of pointless....
SOG November 02, 2012 at 12:41 PM
I find it amusing that the area of Millstone that borders Manalapan and that section of Manalapan, up to and across 33, past the new town homes and mini-mansion developments have power, yet once you get to Main Street in Tennent, it's pitch black. I guess we don't count as much as the rich invaders from NY...
PS November 02, 2012 at 01:50 PM
In times of crisis communication is key, and JCP&L is lacking severely in getting information to its customers. If they would give more clear time estimates instead of the blanketed "next Wednesday" or "7-10 days", people could plan accordingly, and deal with the reality of it, instead of constant uncertainty. I agree that in the grand scheme of things, a home with now power is far better than no home at all, we need to be grateful for what we have. I commend the JCP&L field employees for their efforts working outside to get us restored. But at the corporate level JCP&L is wrong, and they have failed their customers. Their lack of communication and knowledge is unacceptable, and furthermore, their service seems to have been worse than PSE&G and other power companies, seeing as 95% of their customers lost power in the first place.
m1chael November 02, 2012 at 01:57 PM
Thoughts & prayers to all...In FL 2004 after each of the 2 hurricanes, 3 weeks apart, we were w/o power and water for 10 days, temperature 90 plus! Be patient, help at least one person (there is always someone worse off than you)! Keep the faith! God bless you all! Former Freehold/Brick NJ resident, born & raised. PS The following may provide insight. All numbers depend upon your specific location. As far as 'climate change' I'd like to point out a few things...1-This storm arrived during the time of HIGH TIDE, add approx 3 feet. 2-There was a FULL MOON, add approx 3 feet. 3-Wind generated STORM SURGE add approx 3-6 feet for a category 1 hurricane with winds of 90 mph. 4-Forward speed of the storm approx 18 mph add approx 2-3 feet. Therefore, accounting for, and adding; the high tide, full moon, storm surge, wind speed, & forward speed, PLUS the position of the north & south jet stream and position of the high pressure system = 'Perfect Storm'
Ralph November 02, 2012 at 03:48 PM
Do any of you not get updates from the Township? I recieved an email stating that JCPL are working on the substations for Gordons Corner Rd, Bradvelt, and Englishtown. They plan to have 80% of the cutomers served by those substations up TONIGHT. Id say less then a week after the storm hit is amazing to have that many people back up and running. If it happens is another story but they are out there working. I have had no heat or hot water and have been in the same boat as everyone else AND it's mandatory for me to report to work.....be patient and show a litle compasion for the people who literally lost everything.
Cindi Wells November 02, 2012 at 04:06 PM
What are the estimates for restoration of Aberdeen ?
maroon November 02, 2012 at 05:17 PM
We are between Sweetman's Rte 527 and the Alternate 527, down Woodward Road ... we have NO power since early monday evening ...
joe carbon November 02, 2012 at 07:05 PM
Not true! Knob Hill, Meadow Creek and Four Seasons, all without power!
Dani November 02, 2012 at 07:29 PM
Lots of down wires and trees, they're trying to remove the trees and then repair the lines. Power out since Monday night but there are some limited resources, grocery stores, and good neighbors
steve burns November 02, 2012 at 07:34 PM
how can we all get these updates from the township? Thanks Monmouth Heights we are still without power.
Jose Libornio November 02, 2012 at 09:12 PM
If this truly were free enterprise, I would choose another power company based on their performance for the last two storms.
Lucinde November 02, 2012 at 09:24 PM
Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm, great observation, Mr. Gregor Spencer. The rich always get serviced first. They think they're entitled!
Diane November 03, 2012 at 02:22 AM
Which town is giving you updates via emails ? That would certainly be great to receive.
Jill C. November 03, 2012 at 03:02 AM
All we are asking is for a better estimation town by town when power will be restored so we can make plans for our families. If it will be another week we need to stay with relatives or find other accommodations. Children are cold and it's only going to get worse. We know we are lucky to still have our homes and should not complain but we do deserve to have a better explanation and estimation of when we will be restored power !!! We are paying customers !! If my payment was a day late JCP&l would be calling me for an explanation !!!!
PC November 03, 2012 at 12:11 PM
no power here at manalpaan at corner of gordons corder and route 9. Really cold!
Eileen Wolff November 03, 2012 at 12:49 PM
I am grateful I still have a home & am heating my home the best I can with steam from boiling water on our stove however I do believe that estimates should be provided to all whom remain without power. People need to know if alternate plans should be made. JCP&L has shown everyone they are incapable of effectively 'weathering' any storm.
Joiseymom November 03, 2012 at 01:29 PM
You will hear nothing from Manalapan Township, They are useless. They don't update their website. They dropped the ball during Irene and here just as badly. They don't care. I am one of the lucky ones. I live on Sandpiper off of Gordons Corner and we got power back yesterday. But a development like Covered Bridge, which is all electric and filled with some very elderly people is still without power. I would have waited longer if they could have gotten them up and running. I don't understand why they weren't a priority, and why the township isn't calling Christie's office to get them some help. Also, why doesn't the township have all the Sandy info on the homepage? Especially for those that are using the internet on smart phones. There is no one in that building that has any common sense. I know I plan to vote accordingly on Tuesday.
edd November 03, 2012 at 03:03 PM
little egg harbor had power restored in most areas 2 days,help from Texas,Alabama we hear politics not letting these guys help up north.This is not the time to play this game. If this is true the Gov has to step in.
edd November 03, 2012 at 06:24 PM
as per our Gov. this issue has been resolved...he's right on
Ik November 04, 2012 at 02:55 AM
If we change power supply from jcpl to some one else would we get power? We should check. I'm changing soon no matter what.
S November 05, 2012 at 03:57 AM
My $200 fish died, Learned from Irene my ass, tell that to my fish. Fuck JCP$L and its CEO
S November 05, 2012 at 03:58 AM
Oh by the way, I'm STILL without power
l November 05, 2012 at 04:41 AM
Day six...no power, no trucks in colts neck....we are on well water here. No power, no water....no toilets, no washing, no hearing our with lots if boiling water. When will we get power back? Please prioritize well-dependent communities, jcp&l !!
John November 05, 2012 at 06:06 AM
Bradley and Ocean Grove got power late night. Good luck to those who still don't have power I hope your more fortunate in the next day or or so hold on, electricity is on its way.
Stacy Dweck November 05, 2012 at 07:01 AM
In elberon nj and still no power for me when people two blocks away got theirs restored - what about me!!
Sharon Kozatiwitz November 05, 2012 at 06:26 PM
It's very sad to read the posts here, I have no power as well and no heat and I consider myself very lucky.! So many people have lost their homes, all their belongings and people have lost loved ones to this tragedy. I understand everyone is frustrated but try to be patient and be thankful you are alive and even if your house is cold and dark be glad it's still there... Reach out help your neighbors.. I did and it makes a difference.
Marl boro November 05, 2012 at 07:17 PM
Power is back in PDJ and enclosure dr off texas rd in morganville section of marlboro.
Stacy Dweck November 06, 2012 at 03:34 AM
Any updates??
Rob Watson November 07, 2012 at 11:03 PM
Sharon, while it's true that there are worse problems than being without power, and therefore heat, in cold temperatures, it does not in any way shape or form mitigate the fact that some of us are without power/heat in very cold temperatures. If the people who had home destroyed complain and moan about their problems, do we tell them to stop complaining because somewhere else, someone else has died? Face it, although we are alive, thankfully, and our homes are standing (for those of us who had no damage) some of us have been literally freezing our butts off for 9 days. This is quite serious, and worthy us voicing complaints.
Verizon FiOS November 13, 2012 at 06:34 PM
Verizon FiOS is working to restore service to all those affected. To those who currently do not have means to connect, we encourage you to let your loved ones and neighbors know that Verizon has set up charging stations in our stores. You do not need to be a Verizon customer to take advantage of these stations. For locations, check here: http://vz.to/ChargeVZ Our team is here to help. Customers can reach out to us on Twitter (@FiOSSandyRelief) as well as Facebook. For the latest information regarding repairs, credits, and damaged equipment please visit: http://vz.to/RTEIiL

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