Before a second nor'easter slammed New Jersey on Wednesday, nearly 40,000 customers of JCP&L remained without power from the first storm last week. And as the storm arrived to blanket the state with as much as 2 feet of snow, more power outages did, too, leaving PSE&G customers in the cold.
More than 320,000 outages were reported during the storm.
By Thursday morning, the number of JCP&L customers without power had swelled to 133,000, with 85,000 outages for PSE&G, a number that has grown to 117,000 customers. Like JCP&L customers, who before the storm had been without power for up to five days — with some now on their seventh day sans hot water, heat and light — PSE&G customers are frustrated by wait times for power restoration. Citing fallen trees as an obstacle, PSE&G said on Thursday that restoring power would likely take several days.
Customers from Bergen, Essex, Somerset, Mercer and Burlington counties joined JCP&L customers in demanding answers about outages on social media in the wake of the storm. Some made plans to leave their homes, while others anxiously tracked the latest response time estimates and went back and forth with PSE&G on Twitter.