Gov. Chris Christie released revised power restoration plans on Saturday that he received from Jersey Central Power and Light and PSEG, which show the companies’ restoration projections at the municipal level for the next two days.
JCP&L announced that, of the 4,655 customers currently without power in East Windsor, it expects to restore power to 1,630 customers by Nov. 5. The utility company estimates 559 customers will see power restored on Nov. 4 and 1,071 customers will have power restored on Nov. 5.
East Windsor Mayor Janice Mironov announced her frustration at the company’s lack of communication up until this point in an email alert Friday evening.
According to the alert, the township has been working aggressively with JCP&L officials, contacting the utility company two to three times daily. Township officials said JCP&L had not communicated any status, progress, or timelines through Friday evening.
“This is really not an appropriate strategy by JCP&L, and we are as frustrated as our residents,” the Township alert said. “We will continue these efforts and report information as received.”
In Hightstown, 384 customers remain without power, according to JCP&L’s estimates. The utility company projects it will restore power to 46 customers on Nov. 4 and 92 customers on Nov. 5, totaling 132 customers by Nov. 5.
JCP&L also reports that 40 of its 235 customers in Cranbury are still without power. Of those 40, 13 will have power restored by Nov. 5.
While PSE&G announced that it expects to restore power by Sunday night to much of Middlesex County, the company said it will focus this weekend primarily on customers in Edison, Piscataway, Woodbridge, and East Brunswick.
In Cranbury, of the 2,006 customers served by PSE&G, 560 do not have power. PSE&G has not published any projections for when these customers will receive power.
Statewide, PSE&G had restored power to 65 percent of customers that lost power in the storm, and currently, about 73 percent of PSE&G customers have power, while 607,000 are still without it. At its peak, the storm impacted 1.7 million of PSE&G’s 2.2 million customers.
According to Christie’s press release, 1,269,564 customers remained without power statewide as of 7 a.m. Saturday, down from a high of 2.7 million through the storm and its immediate aftermath.
"So many New Jerseyans have demonstrated significant patience and resilience through the storm and this initial recovery period, and it is our obligation to get them back online and with the certainty of a timeline they can reliably plan their lives around in the coming days,” Christie said.