FANWOOD/SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – Some residents of Fanwood woke up to the pleasant surprise of electric lights, while Scotch Plains residents are still firmly in the dark. People are cautiously coming out of their houses to begin assessing the damage caused by the worst storm in 100 years, while PSE&G struggles to prioritize bringing power back online.
Dates ranging from November 5 to November 10 are being whispered about as a possible dates for having power totally restored in New Jersey.
PSE&G is working around the clock to restore power to over 95,000 customers who are still in the dark in Union County. At this time approximately 1 million PSE&G New Jersey customers have had their power restored following Hurricane Sandy. About 716,000 customers are currently without power. The storm impacted 1.7 million of PSE&G's 2.2 million electric customers.
PSE&G states: “Our crews work to restore power to the largest numbers of customers first, taking into account "priority customers" such as hospitals, police and fire stations, water and sewer facilities, communications facilities (TV, radio and telephone), and customers on life-sustaining medical equipment.”
Scotch Plains Mayor Mary DePaola and Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr are both asking residents to be cautious, avoid walking were there are downed lines and to check on neighbors, especially if they are elderly.
Both towns will be sending out another updates later today.