Atlantic City Electric Promises Power Back For Most Today
Its a dark Independence Day for thousands of Atlantic City Electric customers four days after powerful thunderstorms brought down trees and power lines throughout the area.
As of 6:30AM on Wednesday the Atlantic City Electric outage map shows 40,000 customers still without power, the most being in Atlantic, Cumberland & Cape May counties.
ACE is sticking with their promise to have 90% of customers restored by midnight tonight with their crews and those from neighboring states working all day today.
“The devastation to our system was extensive, but we have made significant progress in our effort to fully restore electricity to every customer affected by this storm,” said Vince Maione, Atlantic City Region President in a press release.
Atlantic City Electric says they are finalizing the restoration of the main transmission lines and will be working in the neighborhoods to restore outages associated with smaller groups and individual customers.
Atlantic City Electric spokesman Matt Likovich says "right now we have assistance from New York utilities and Northern New Jersey…PSE+G in Central Jersey is sending us 130 employees, crews and office employees. All available personnel, all hands on deck, are working round the clock to get power restored to our customers."
Ice and bottled water will again be available at the Hamilton Mall in Mays Landing from 8AM-8PM or while supplies last. Residents can get one bag of ice and a case of 24-bottles of water.
Cooling stations will be open at the following locations today according to Atlantic County Public Safety:
Martin Bloom Center, Huntinton Ave. & the beach, Margate - 8 AM to 5 PM
Margate Terrace, 610 N. Fredericksburg Ave., Margate - 5 PM to 8 AM
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, Absecon - 8 AM to 6 PM
Brigantine Community Center - 9 AM to 5 PM
Richland Fire Hall - 9 AM to 6 PM
Buena Vista EMS, 528 SW Boulevard - 9 AM to 6 PM
Alder Avenue School, EHT - noon to 8 PM
Linwood City Hall - 8 AM to 5 PM
Mullica Twp. town hall - 8 AM to 4:30 PM
Pleasantville high rise, 140 N. Main Street - 8 AM to 5 PM
Somers Point City Hall - 8 AM to 4 PM
Atlantic City Electric Safety Precautions
Stay away from downed wires. Call 1-800-833-7476 and follow the prompts to report a downed wire or an outage.
Avoid crews working in the street. This will keep you and the crews safe, and allow them to work on restoring your power.
Visit atlanticcityelectric.com for safety tips and follow the advice of your local emergency management officials.
If you plan to use a portable generator, follow the manufacturer’s instructions and use only when necessary. Don’t overload it and turn it off at night, while you sleep and when you are away from home.
Locate a portable generator in a well-ventilated area. Never run it inside, even in your garage, to avoid the potential hazard of carbon monoxide. Do not connect the generator directly into your home’s main fuse box or circuit panel.
Protect food and refrigerated medicine with regular ice in an insulated cooler. If you are without power for more than two hours, refrigerated foods should be placed in a cooler. Foods will stay frozen for 36 to 48 hours in a fully loaded freezer if the door remains closed, and a half-full freezer will generally keep frozen food for up to 24 hours.
Turn off power to flood-prone basement appliances if it is safe to do so. However, if you have an electrically operated sump pump, you should not turn off the power in your basement.
Tune in to local news broadcasts for the latest weather and emergency information.
Take cover if necessary
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