Christie: Thousands affected by outages will soon have power

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Over 16,000 New Jersey residents are still without power. (Photo: Atlantic City Electric outage map)

Over 16,000 New Jersey residents are still without power as of 5 p.m. Sunday. (Photo: Atlantic City Electric outage map)

TRENTON, N.J. — Thousands of southern New Jersey utility customers who have been without power for several days should soon have their service back.

Gov. Chris Christie’s office says Atlantic City Electric has vowed to have 99 percent of affected customers back on line by Monday morning.

The outages were caused by a line of powerful storms that blew across the state Tuesday. Nearly 280,000 utility customers were without power during the height of the storms, and roughly 20,000 customers still had no service as of early Sunday night, mainly in Gloucester and Camden counties.

The company’s restoration efforts were being hampered by another strong storm that dropped 1 to 3 inches of rain across the region Saturday night. That storm caused about 16,000 new outages, some of which may have involved customers who had their power restored in the days after Tuesday’s storm.