Atlantic City Electric Meets 90% Restoration Goal
Atlantic City Electric has apparently met its goal of having 90% of those who lost power during Saturday’s storm back on line by midnight Wednesday night.
As of 9AM on Thursday the Atlantic City Electric outage map shows 19,798 customers were still without power, the most being in Atlantic, Cumberland & Cape May counties.
206,000 customers initially lost power; this new figure has 186, 202 customers restored,maintaing the 90% level.
Mullica and Ventnor are among several communities fully restored ACE tells the Press of Atlantic City.
“Wednesday will be a working holiday for us and we’ll celebrate after we’ve got power restored to all our customers,” said Vince Maione, Atlantic City Region President during the day on the holiday.
The County says they are working with the ACUA on a debris management plan to provide sites for the disposal of waste. And the ACUA is maintaining its regular trash pick up schedule
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.”
NJ Transit reports 30-60 minute delays on their Atlantic City line.
Water and ice will once again be distributed to Atlantic County residents today from 8 AM to 4 PM at the Hamilton Mall in Mays Landing.
Alantic County library branches will be open normal business hours and provide another option for relief from the heat. The Mays Landing and Egg Harbor Township branches, however, were still without power as of Wednesday and may remain closed.
The county’s nine senior centers will also be open on Thursday for residents 60 years of age and older. Call 1-888-426-9243 for locations and hours of operation.
TIPS FOR DEALING WITH THE HEAT
Continue to stay hydrated. Don’t wait until you are thirsty; increase intake of non-caffeinated and low sugar beverages. Avoid very cold drinks that may cause stomach cramps.
Avoid participation in strenuous activities during extreme heat. Limit activities to morning and evening hours when temperatures may be lower. Pace yourself and take frequent breaks in shady areas.
Monitor those most at risk during extreme heat which include the very young, the elderly and the infirm.
Exposure to extreme heat may result in heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Heat stroke can be deadly. Its symptoms include: red, hot, dry skin; extreme body temperature of 103 degrees F; a rapid, strong pulse; throbbing headache, dizziness, nausea and confusion; unconsciousness.
Victims of heat stroke should be cooled rapidly with cool water but should NOT be given fluids. Immediate medical attention is necessary.
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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