NJ Residents Growing Anxious As Power Remains Out

By WCBS Newsradio 880

WEST ORANGE, N.J. (WCBS 880) — While more than 1.1 million households have their power back in New Jersey, Gov. Phil Murphy is asking what's the holdup on the other hundreds of thousands still in the dark days after Tropcial Storm Isaias.

As of 8 p.m. Friday, New Jersey was down to approximately 240,000 outages statewide from a peak of 1.4 million.

"That is progress, but if you don't have power that is of no solace to you and I don't blame you for being upset and frustrated," Murphy said. "There's no question it was a tough storm, but come on folks we have to get people back up and get their power on."

Lorelei Road in West Orange got its power back on Thursday, but the moment was short lived.

It was turned off again approximately 30 minutes later thanks to an electrical fire sparked by a live wire that was still on the ground.

"It was not good, it was very large, it was larger than the cones, it was a big scary mess," said one woman who called police after seeing the sparks.

WCBS 880's Kristie Keleshian reported Friday afternoon that crews still had not returned to work on the problem.

"They're doing a terrible job here cause I think that we're like the only ones left in the whole world to get our electricity back and it's still not back. I'm very anxious," the woman said.

Utilities in New Jersey have said they are hoping to have electricity restored to most of the customers by the weekend, but Jersey Central Power and Light says it may take until Tuesday before crews finish hooking everyone back up. 

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