Monthly Archives: June 2012

COAST GUARD LOCATES MISSING MAN OFF ABSECON

A man who went missing from a capsized boat off of Absecon was found by the Coast Guard. According to a press release, two of the three men were able to get to shore safely. The third man was said to be unresponsive. The man was rushed to an area hospital, but no further details have been released on his condition. The identities of all three have not been released.

ATLANTIC CITY ELECTRIC UPDATES CUSTOMERS ON STATUS

The process of getting power back on is happening. Atlantic City Electric officials held a press conference on Saturday night and said that 40,000 customers have gotten their power back on since the end of the storm. The goal is to get critical infrastructure on line as quickly as possible, including police stations and hospitals. The next goal is to get substations and large electric lines on that serve the largest amount of people. The latest event has still left about 150,000 customers without power. Also, you are encouraged to stay away from downed power lines. The electric company says they only got about two hours notice on the storm. The amount of downed trees has been making it more difficult to get the power back on in some places. Also, other customers from throughout the northeast are without power, so some of the mutual aid response from other electric companies are not available at this time.

VINELAND DECLARES EMERGENCY FROM STORM RELATED DAMAGE

Vineland is another community that has declared an emergency following the storm related damage that took place. Vineland officials say the Municipal Electric Utility is aware and working to resolve power issues as soon as possible.  Please do not call the police department or electric utility for an update.  At this time is would be speculative to when power will be restored.

Vineland Police are also encouraging:

Consider all wires ENERGIZED and dangerous. Even lines that are de-energized may become energized at any time.

Stay at least 10 feet away from the wire.

Electricity can travel through the ground. Therefore, a live wire touching the ground can harm you even if you don’t touch the wire.

Electricity can also travel through tree limbs. Never remove tree limbs or other items that are touching or near a downed wire. Never use any object to move a downed wire.

If a broken power line should fall on your vehicle:

Stay inside the vehicle until help arrives, as your car may be energized.  Warn others not to touch the vehicle and have them call for help. If you must leave the vehicle, jump as far away as possible with both feet landing on the ground at the same time.  DO NOT touch the vehicle and the ground at the same time.  If someone makes contact with a downed power line, don’t try to rescue them because you risk becoming a victim yourself. Call 911.

THREE SITES OPENING FOR PUBLIC TO EAT IN ATLANTIC COUNTY

Atlantic County is opening 3 community feeding sites for the public. The sites are the Egg Harbor Township Community Center (5045 English Creek Avenue EHT), Galloway Township Middle School (100 S. Reeds Rd. Galloway) and St. Bernadettes Church (1421 New Road Northfield). They will be open from 5:30 to 7:30 pm where the public can get a meal and a beverage. The Galloway Middle School is also being opened as a shelter. No pets will be allowed at the school.

CHRISTIE SIGNS BUDGET, CALLS LAWMAKERS BACK TO TRENTON

New Jersey has itself a new state budget, but Gov. Chris Christie took the power of a line item veto before signing the document. The veto power allowed Christie to trim $361 million of the $32 million budget before he signed it into law. Meanwhile, Christie has called a special legislative session on Monday for lawmakers to come back to Trenton and talk about a tax cut plan. Christie would address lawmakers regarding a tax cut. No official decision has been made by Democratic leadership whether they will show up or not.

ATLANTIC CITY ELECTRIC PROVIDES UPDATE TO POWER OUTAGES

Over 200,000 customers were without power as of Saturday morning. Atlantic City Electric officials say they are going through the assessment process now and it is too early to say when individual communities can expect power back. The entire process of power restoration is expected to take place over several days. Winds in excess of 70 miles per hour uprooted trees and blew down limbs, which brought down numerous power lines and broke crossarms and poles.

Customers are urged to report outages by calling 1-800-833-7476. Customers can also receive outage updates by visiting www.atlanticcityelectric.com, following us on Facebook and Twitter at ACElecConnect and downloading our mobile app at www.atlanticcityelectric.com/mobileapp.

STATE OF EMERGENCY IN ATLANTIC COUNTY

A state of emergency has been declared in Atlantic County Saturday morning.  Emergency management officials are asking people to stay off the roadways Saturday morning so crews can clean up debris from local streets and help restore power.  Most of Atlantic County was without power on Saturday due to a strong thunderstorm that hit the region.  Nearly 100,000 customers of Atlantic City Electric in that county were without power as of sunup.  Egg Harbor Township and Galloway Township were hard hit by the storms.

SATURDAY 7AM: 162,000 ELECTRIC CUSTOMERS AFFECTED BY STORMS

It’s going to be a very long weekend for power companies throughout South Jersey.  Atlantic City Electric reports 162,000 people without power as of 7:00am on Saturday, June 30th.  A very intense line of storms moved through the region knocking down power poles and power lines.  Some of the hardest hit regions include Egg Harbor City, Mays Landing, Millville, and Bridgeton.  Some scattered outages have been reported in Cape May County, especially in Woodbine and Lower Township.  If you have an outage, Atlantic City Electric’s outage number is 1-800-833-7476.  To view Atlantic City Electric’s outage map, click on this link: http://www.atlanticcityelectric.com/home/emergency/maps/stormcenter/default.aspx

CHURCH BURNS IN LONGPORT FROM STORMY NIGHT

One of the casualties of the big storms that rolled through South Jersey early Saturday morning…a historic church in Longport.  Fire crews responded to a blaze at the Church of the Redeemer, which is more than a century old.  The fire was allegedly started by a tree limb that fell into a power line.  Various Atlantic County fire departments were called to the scene, while Cape May County fire officials served as backup.