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Tell Us: Has Your Power Been Restored?

Service slowly returning to customers in Manchester and Lakehurst

Power appears to be returning to residents in Manchester and Lakehurst, slowly.

Data from JCP&L shows that 16,822 of the electric utility's 25,507 customers in Manchester have power, over two days after Hurricane Sandy struck. That's about 1,000 more than had power on Tuesday night. In Lakehurst, 680 customers are reported to be without power, down from 768 on Tuesday night. 

The utility company said in a release Wednesday that it has restored power to nearly 160,000, or about 20 percent, of its customers and expects to have the majority of customers restored within the next seven days.

(TELL US in the comments section below: where do you live and is your power back on?)

It could take up to two weeks for customers in the hardest-hit areas to regain power, the company said.

JCP&L reported 940,999 of its nearly 1.1 million customers remained in the dark as of Wednesday night, according to its outage map. The number includes 264,061 in Monmouth; 202,655 in Ocean; 73,388 in Middlesex; 23,880 in Union; and 16,442 in Mercer.

"The damage from Hurricane Sandy far exceeds what we saw from Hurricane Irene or the October 2011 snowstorm," said JCP&L President Don Lynch 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."

The Lakehurst Volunteer Fire Company invited residents to its headquarters Wednesday night to recharge cell phones, take a warm shower and have some coffee. Turnout was light, as fire officials said it was difficult to alert residents to the event since the reverse 9-1-1 system currently does not work. 

Other notes:

Manchester and Lakehurst schools are closed through the rest of the week.

Lakehurst Borough Hall is open; Manchester Municipal Complex is expected to reopen on Thursday. 

Lmelega November 02, 2012 at 10:28 AM
Anyone know if its back on yet in Village 1?
Henry Dudley November 02, 2012 at 11:30 AM
When you rely on government during a disaster you will surely be disappointed. Depend on your neighbors, your family and yourself. Be prepared, have a generator big enough to run your refrigerator, have a wood stove. Stock up on the essentials. I expect there will be a few more of these big storms in the next couple of years. This is NOT "climate change" it is a natural climate cycle. I was a child in 50's, living in Shore Acres, when we were hit by storm after storm. We got through them with a gas stove, fireplace and oil lamps.
S-MAN November 02, 2012 at 12:43 PM
The Quick Chek on the corner of Rt 70 and Rt 571 was open as of this morning. You may have to wait in a line.
S-MAN November 02, 2012 at 12:46 PM
Still no power in most of Holly Oaks. It looks like there was some power restored on half of Holly Hill Rd. The Quick Chek is up and running. The Shop-Rite and Lowes is also open.
Lmelega November 02, 2012 at 12:54 PM
Henry- Please check this link, and the actual research. All data and methods are available to the public. ~95% of the world's climate scientists are in agreement. This study was funded by climate change deniers and run by a climate change denier- their conclusion: the ~ 95% of climate scientists are correct- Climate change is real. The only ones left in denial are some politicians whose campaign funds are largely from industries that release huge amounts of greenhouse gases that have been sequestered under ground for millions of years. It's real, and it's time to act on it. http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2012/0730/Prominent-climate-change-denier-now-admits-he-was-wrong-video.
Bill November 02, 2012 at 02:00 PM
The entire PLP on the 571 side of the lake is still without power going on 96 hours.
Dawn H. November 02, 2012 at 02:09 PM
We were fortunate enough to regain power yesterday around 5pm on Fifth ave. on the side behind Silverwoods, off of Northhampton to the left if you are coming from Rt. 37.
william staples November 02, 2012 at 02:31 PM
Pine Ridge lost power on Tues about 10 AM to 2PM No problem since.
Melissa Myers November 02, 2012 at 03:25 PM
Stil no power in Holly Oaks and no crews in sight..Please come soon!
julie wilson November 02, 2012 at 04:09 PM
YOUR RIGHT I ALSO LIVE IN HOLY OAKS STILL NO POWER. BUT GUESS WHAT EVERYONE ATLANTIC CITY IS OPEN. THERE IS THE WHERE THE HELP WENT. AND NOW A THREAT OF A NORTH EASTERN FOR TUES. AND NO POWER SUPPOSE TO GET COLD TOO. BUT HALLOWEEN AND ATLANTIC CITY IMPORTANT
JJD November 02, 2012 at 04:26 PM
Does anyone know about Constitution Blvd in Crestwood Village 2 ? Wondering if power is on in houses numbered in the low 100's. Thank you ! Asking on 11/2.
Don Gottwerth November 02, 2012 at 06:19 PM
LMega you are a fool to accept what you follow. And if O is re-elected and G-marriage is made law what you just saw in Sandy is just the beginning. Fossil fuel was already here, in earth for us to harvest, as is coal. Green energy is a hoax and our ability to control what happened is buried in your pack of lies and deceit. I retired from Exxon, and proud of what they have done and continue to do if allowed to but for you warmer husksters. God gave us oil and coal and all the other riches of the earth. How come solar panels didn't impede this storm's aims? Or didn't we subsidize solar energy enough?
joanwarrin November 02, 2012 at 06:37 PM
I'm in Leisure Village West. power was restored Thursday, 11/1 at approximately 4:15
Don Gottwerth November 02, 2012 at 06:42 PM
JDD, Constitution never did lose power. I am on Bowie Drive and we had the problem and we're back on as of yesterday (Nov.1). only 1/2 of Bowie and all of the area behind Harmony Hall was out & the section directly across from Harmony, was also out but is back,
Jim Brinkerhoff November 02, 2012 at 06:55 PM
Anybody have power in the Silverton Section of Toms River?
JJD November 02, 2012 at 07:44 PM
Thank you so much, Don ! Now we won't worry... so appreciate the update. I hope it has helped out some others as well.
JJD November 02, 2012 at 07:44 PM
I was just in the Rt 70 Costco and met someone who said that Silverton is "a mess:" power is iffy--- you may have to ask about individual streets or blocks.
Eman November 02, 2012 at 11:34 PM
Any update on holly oaks?
Don Gottwerth November 03, 2012 at 12:21 AM
Jim Brinkerhoff, My homeroom teacher at Newark's South Side High school in 1957 Ethel Brinkerhoff! Any link?
F_U_JCP_L November 03, 2012 at 01:27 AM
It is truly frightening that someone as stupid as yourself exists in this world Don. I will sleep a little less soundly knowing someone with your caliber of ignorance is alive, thanks.
Concerned local November 03, 2012 at 03:01 PM
As of Saturday the 3rd at 11:am the 400 block of Chestnut Drive in Lanoka Harbor is still without power.
Dee November 03, 2012 at 04:11 PM
When will power be restored to Summit Park? We've been in the dark since Monday. The temperature's are dropping and many people have small children. Please come to restore our power jcp&l.
Frenchy0719 November 03, 2012 at 08:21 PM
Bill, Any change to this status? We left town, my daughter was getting sick from the lack of heat... Any updates would be GREATLY appreciated :) Thank you.
Al November 03, 2012 at 08:34 PM
Any idea as to the status of Cedar Glen West? Thanks
S-MAN November 05, 2012 at 12:57 AM
Holly Oaks got power back Sunday afternoon !!!!
Gerard Volpe November 05, 2012 at 08:04 PM
400 block of POPLAR ST in LAKEHURST is still out ....day 8
james wenzel November 06, 2012 at 02:19 AM
This is monday night, one week after the storm took down various trees in our neighborhood of Cedar Glen West, a Senior citizen community and still no power or any idea when it may come back up. Now, we have another n'easter storm coming our way and we pray that we'll be able to survive. Six to eight people have been transported to hospitals since Hurricane Sandy has struck because they didn't have the electric power they need to run their oxygen supply and or other health issue's. What are they doing with the portable generators that nationwide Truck Drivers have been bringing and dropping off at the naval air station. I understand that one generator would supply enough power to light a small community, I am mad as hell that JCP&L is dragging their butts with this.
james wenzel November 06, 2012 at 02:27 AM
Join the club, as we still have no power in a senior citizen community of 400 units with 180 units having no power or communication to the outside world. Great job JCP&L. hopefully none of your loved ones live here.
Artist/Engineer November 07, 2012 at 12:00 PM
Whiting Station and The Meadows (+55 Adult Communities) were without power in a combined total of around 240 homes until yesterday (Tues Nov 6) around 12 noon. Trying to get any info out of JCP&L was impossible. We saw many trucks in our area of Whiting sent in from Asplundh and Nesco and other out of state repair crews not being permitted to work due to jurisdictional issues. They told us they could have had the problems fixed days earlier if the would only be allowed to do what they came to do and were eminently qualified to do. Once a JCP&L lineman finally got to our area on Tuesday 11/6 he managed to get the system running in about 1/2 hour. Something is very wrong with how JCP&L allocates resources and supervises the huge teams of outside help. I hope the BPU does a full objective investigation of JCP&L's handling of the situation.
EB November 08, 2012 at 05:55 PM
Our power went out on Sunday night before the storm and was restored on 11/6 at 10:00pm. Only to go out again last night Wednesday 11/7 at 9:00pm . We were left with dangerous live wires on our homes and across the roadway on Partridge street and River a heavily traveled pedestrian and vehicle area for 9 days. We did not see help for 3 days. When the initial JCP&L worker arrived we learned that the Ground wire was broken and dangerous surges were coming through power lines into our homes and across the roadway. He instructed us to turn off breakers. The rest of the surrounding homes still had power. We begged the responding worker and made multiple telephone calls pleading for JCPL to shut our power down all requests were ignored. I truly believe that the JCP&L line workers are doing their best but the JCP&L management is incompetent and uncompassionate. God bless the men and women who left their homes and families to help us...West Virginia and Alabama crews are great Thank you...Ed

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