62 Percent of NJ Residents Without Power in Wake of Storm

Almost two thirds of New Jerseyans — 62 percent — were without power this morning after Hurricane Sandy devastated New Jersey and the surrounding region Monday night and this morning. That broke all-time records for peak power outages and blew away Irene’s million or so, with a count of around 2,437,400 customers without power for the state’s largest three electric utilities as of 6 a.m.

“The story of this storm has shifted from wind to water, which is having severe impacts,” said Paul Rosengren, a spokesman for PSE&G’s parent company, Monday night.

Officials at Public Service Electric & gas, the state’s largest utility, with 2.2 million electric customers statewide, said Monday night they proactively powered down a string of substations due to massive flooding from several bodies of water.

Jersey Central Power & Light reported 937,140 customers out of power at 6 a.m., which were worst in Monmouth, Ocean, Morris, Sussex counties but spread throughout the company’s 1.1 million customer statewide service territory.


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