According to a report, "Each New Jersey power company gave out a slightly different power outage estimate, but the longest outages during Hurricane Irene were seven or eight days."
ATLANTIC CITY, NEW JERSEY — ABC News reports that New Jersey residents should prepare for 7-10 days without electricity in the aftermath of a strengthened storm Sandy.
"The storm is supposed to linger," Ron Morano, a spokesman for Jersey Central Power and Light, told ABC. "We're going to be dealing with hurricane force winds for a period that could potentially be almost two days. We can't send people up in bucket trucks if we have winds 70 miles per hour, too."
The heavy winds — up to 70 mph in some areas affected by Sandy — that are predicted, combined with possible flooding, downed trees and power lines could create havoc for power companies throughout the state in their attempts to restore power to certain areas.
According to the report, "Each New Jersey power company gave out a slightly different power outage estimate, but the longest outages during Hurricane Irene were seven or eight days, said Greg Reinerk, a spokesman for the state Board of Public Utilities.
"'We'd hope we're in a better position this time around, and that we can get crews from out of state quicker,' Reinerk said. 'It could be up to a week. ... We want people to plan for the worst.'
"For Generac, a company that makes gasoline-powered portable back-up generators, business has been booming. Generac's CEO, Aaron Jagdfeld, said he's shipped "tens of thousands" of portable generators to the East Coast since Thursday as stores like Lowe's and Home Depot run out of them and order more."
A state of emergency has been declared for New Jersey, with evacuations ordered for barrier islands up and down the coast, the suspension of gaming at Atlantic City casinos and other precautionary measures.
I received more than a few calls, e-mails and Facebook messages asking why the concert was being staged at Madison Square Garden and not at Boardwalk Hall.
"I could almost guarantee that the ones who wanted the mayors to let them return home would also be the ones to protest if they had been put in danger by returning too soon. "
Obama: "I want to thank all the first responders who have been involved in this process -- the linesmen, the firefighters, the folks who were in here shuttling out people who were supposed to 'get the hell out' and didn’t."
Obama: "You had a 15-year-old young man whose mother was disabled, and he was making sure that she was okay, and taking on extraordinary responsibilities for himself but also for his mom."
The latest Sandy storm coverage for the Atlantic City, New Jersey area.
Gov. Christie gives Sunday evening press conference urging residents of the Garden State to heed advice of officials and stay at home Monday unless they have already evacuated.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says he is trying to mitigate any damages in the state due to Hurricane Sandy, which has been blamed for the deaths of at least 58 people in the Caribbean as of Sunday afternoon.
According to KYW Philadelphia’s Kate Bilo regarding the storm that is Sandy, “… we have NEVER BEFORE seen a track like this – a hurricane interacting with strong jet energy and moving due west, perpendicular to the coast in an extremely densely populated area like the Northeastern United States.” There’s also a full moon and extremely [...]
Atlantic County under state of emergency effective 6am, Oct. 27. Residents urged to relocate.
The storm, which has killed several dozen people in the Caribbean, is expected to be a "storm of historic proportions" for the Mid-Atlantic region, including the New Jersey shore, New York City, Delaware, Pennsylvania and possibly Ohio.
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