Thousands Still Without Power In New Jersey After Winter Storm

Sean Adams
December 04, 2019 - 11:19 am
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SPARTA, N.J. (WCBS 880) — Roughly 40,000 customers were still without power Wednesday morning in the Tri-State area days after a winter storm dropped heavy, wet snow onto tree limbs, causing them to pull down power lines.

The bulk of those outages are JCP&L customers in Sussex, Warren and Morris counties in New Jersey, where it may take several days to get power fully restored.

One man said it was 48 degrees inside his home, which was left powerless by the storm that walloped the state on Monday.

John Evers of Sparta says it was a wicked storm.

"And all you heard at night was the sound of the trees cracking and hitting the ground and then you heard wires, like the explosion from the wires and then you just saw the neighbors lights going out," said Evers. "Fortunately I have a generator, so it's not so bad, but we don't have water because of the well, so it can be difficult."

No electricity, means no pump for well water.

WCBS 880's Sean Adams reports there has been some progress.

Traffic lights are working again and stores are open, meaning people can get food, water and supplies.

Becuase so many ice-laden trees took out power lines on back country roads, it could take several days to restore power to everyone.

"We've mobilized about 200 crews from both within JCP&L and outside the region to that area to try to begin repairing the infrastructure and get the power back," JCP&L spokesperson Cliff Cole told WCBS 880. "We think we'll have most if not all of our customers back by Thursday, Dec. 5, 11:30 p.m. but we do feel a majority of those folks will be back before then."

Shelters have been set up at the Sussex County Technical School and the Vernon Senior Center.