Power still out for many Thursday after powerful NJ thunderstorms
Cleanup from Wednesday's thunderstorms continued Thursday morning, with about 2,000 still without power.
PSE&G reported on its outage map just under 1,000 customers in the dark while Atlantic City Electric showed 1,164 customers without power as of 6 a.m. Burlington, Camden, Gloucester and Salem counties were the hardest hit by the outages.
ACE said it had restored nearly 10,000 customers since the storms, which included wind gusts of 60-plus mph that crossed New Jersey around noon on Wednesday.
"Atlantic City Electric will work around the clock to restore service to all remaining customers currently without power. In addition to internal crews, ACE has overhead line contractors assisting in the restoration effort," the utility wrote in a statement.
In the hours after the storm, nearly 40,000 ACE, PSE&G and JCP&L were without power.
The National Weather Service reported wind gusts of 72 mph gust reported at Upper Deerfield (Cumberland Co.) and 66 mph at Harvey Cedars (LBI, Ocean Co.). Twenty trees were knocked down in a Haddon Heights park a large tree fell onto a car in Cinnaminson, the roof was torn off a building at Camden County College in Blackwood and the scoreboard at Highland Regional High School was knocked over, according to NWS reports.
Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson confirmed the entire park lost power during the storm but was back to normal operations by 2 p.m.
Resident Bud McCormick estimated that 20 of the new trees planted along Sunset Avenue in Asbury Park were knocked over by the strong gusty winds.