A State of Emergency has been declared in Atlantic County restricting travel following strong thunderstorms overnight that left 168,000 Atlantic City Electric customers in the dark.
According to Atlantic City Electric’s outage map there are 162,000 customers without power as of 10AM. Their website came up as not being found during an attempt to get an update at 10:45AM.
“Travel is restricted on Atlantic County roads to allow Emergency officials to assess damage from the overnight storm and to respond accordingly,” according to a statement on the Atlantic County Public Safety website. “There are numerous power outages and downed trees and wires. Residents with damage should contact their local Office of Emergency Management. Power outages should be reported to the utility company.
An emergency hotline has been established to provide update – call 1-866-704-4636
Your outage status as of 06/30/2012 @ 01:11 PM is:
- Customers Affected: 2436
- Cause: Unknown
- Crew Staus: No Crew Assigned - Outage being evaluated.
- Estimated Restoration:
That was still the case when I went out an hour ago. I didn't see a single cop on a half hour drive. The intersection at the Lukoil/McDonalds in Mays Landing was a nightmare to get through. There was one road crew clearing fallen trees on Rt 50 at Rt 669, and there was also the ACE caravan I mentioned above on Rt 552. But that was it. And things generally looked like a ghost town everywhere. I don't know if people are just inside their homes of if they went away.Couple things were striking to me. One there was very little personnel out directing traffic/assessing or cleaning up, its seems as if they were totally caught by suprise. Usually I'll see 4 cops pulling over someone who didn't stop at a stop sign, today I saw ZERO cops.