Other than a few power dips (brown outs), the power remained on for the last day. My APC UPS units continue to protect the computers and servers. The following is an update from PSE&G.
88% of the more than 570,000 PSE&G customers impacted by power outages from
Saturday’s wet, heavy snow that brought down numerous trees and power lines.
Crews will continue to work around the clock until all customers have power.
PSE&G expects to meet the state’s goal of having at least 95 percent
of customers restored by Thursday. At this time, about 67,000 customers are
without power with the majority of these in Bergen, Essex and Passaic
This storm caused more individual incidents of damage to
PSE&G’s electric infrastructure than did Hurricane Irene. There is a larger
number of service lines that are damaged as a result of falling tree limbs.
Repairing the significant number of single lines from the poles to customers’
homes and businesses presents the greatest challenge with this
PSE&G is using every available resource to make repairs and
restore electricity as quickly and safely as possible. Resources include 262
crews and troubleshooters, 116 line contractor crews and 240 tree crews working
to restore power. In addition to its own crews, PSE&G is receiving
assistance from mutual aid crews from Alabama, Florida, Georgia and
Electric crews work to restore power to the largest numbers
of customers first, taking into account “priority” customers, such as hospitals,
police stations, fire stations, water and sewer facilities, schools, and
communications facilities (TV, radio, and telephone). At the same time, the
utility restores power to homes and businesses, starting with the circuits
serving the largest number of customers.
I finally got power back here at my house in New Jersey after a very early snowstorm. Two years ago today I was in Florida for a wedding of Lars (my brother) and Valerie. I’ve made it clear in the past that I do not do, and am not a wedding photographer. On the other hand this did not stop me from taking some pictures that day. For a full selection of images from that day please check out 31-October-2009.
The power came back on at about 3:30 AM, which was good since the house was getting cold. I had moved out to the RV since it has a propane heater. Unfortunately, the power went out again at 10 AM. Once it was light out, I went out to survey the damage. Several more trees down, including my favorite Japanese Maple in the front yard. The remaining Birch trees were bent almost to the ground. Images to follow. The night before Halloween is known as “Mischief Night” in this region. Hope folks are not running around tonight with downed power lines. Right now PSE&G is saying power should be restored by midnight Halloween, or for some of the worst hit parts of the state on Wednesday. If it is going to be much longer, I will need to drain the water in the pipes before they freeze.