Atlantic City Ready For 4th As Power Restoration Continues
Tens of thousands of customers remain without power in South Jersey today – following a series of violent thunderstorms that rolled across the region at the end of last week causing widespread damage and outages.
As of 5AM on Tuesday the Atlantic City Electric outage map shows just over 70,000 customers still without power, the most being in Atlantic, Salem & Cumberland counties.
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.”
IT’S OK TO DO AC
Despite the power problems in many areas, it’s all systems go in Atlantic City.
Grace Hanlon, the Director of the New Jersey Division of Travel and Tourism says “it is absolutely okay for people to go to Atlantic City. I encourage them to go down- the boardwalk is open, the casinos the restaurants, Steel Pier…all of the attractions are up and running. And the golf courses are open too. Everything is perfect in Atlantic City; the electricity is working, the air conditioners are on , it’s cool and it’s fun.”
She says all major roads are open and free of debris, but “it’s always okay to call ahead – if you have a little concern about traffic – always utilize that 511 number – so that you can call ahead of time -the roads are open and cleared – ready for a great 4th of July weekend in Atlantic City.”
Hanlon adds “there are going to be fireworks in Atlantic City, you can go watch them from Steel Pier, the amusement park, if you’re bringing your children they can go on the rides – we’re looking forward to a wonderful holiday.”
Atlantic City Public Safety is offering Dorothy Fire Hall, MargateTerrace at 610 N. Fredricksburg Avenue, and Northfield City Hall as 24 hour centers where residents can seek relief from the heat in air conditioned facilities and receive water.
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
Dan Alexander contributed to this story
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