Weather Improves, Power Restored to Thousands in Northeast

November 12, 2012; 4:51 AM ET
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Crews work to repair downed wires Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012, in Eatontown, N.J., after a nor'easter brought high winds and dumped as much as a foot of snow overnight in the region pounded by Superstorm Sandy. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

Temperatures are warming up, making for better conditions, as the utility crews continue working to restore power to residents of New Jersey and New York.

New Jersey

The New Jersey Power and Light Company (NJP&L) reduced the number of power outages in their service area by more than 105,000 since Thursday, according to a press release.

About 168,000 of their customers are without power, as of 9:30 a.m. EST Saturday.

NJP&L expects 8,200 line workers to be out repairing lines on Saturday. The power is expected to be restored to most of the customers still without it by Saturday evening. There are more than 14,500 FirstEnergy professionals, outside contractors and utility workers restoring the power to NJP&L customers.

It may take a little longer to restore the power in communities where the wires going to individual homes will need to be replaced. Power for those areas is expected to be restored by Sunday evening.

The devastated areas, mostly in the barrier islands, will take the longest time to repair. NJP&L expects those repairs to continue into next week.

While there are still thousand of people without electricity, the situation in New Jersey is getting better.

"Power has been restored to 1.3 million customers during the course of the two storms," said Chris Eck, Senior Communications Representative at FirstEngergy.

New York

Power outages in the New York area following the storms peaked at 1.067 million, according to a press release from the Con Edison Company.

Power outages caused by Sandy were four times more than the next largest storm in the company's history, Hurricane Irene.

As of 4:00 a.m. Saturday, just under 20,000 customers in New York City and Westchester are still reported to be without power.

An additional 35,000 customers in the Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island areas are without power. Power to those areas can not be restored until flood-damaged equipment is replaced and tested at individual locations.

Since repairs began, power has been restored to 1.046 million Con Edison customers. The company used six months of electrical supplies over the period of only one week.

The work to restore the power to nearly all of the customers still without power is expected to be completed by Sunday night.

Improving Weather

The utility workers out in the field in both New Jersey and New York can expect dry conditions as they continue their work.

"There will be no rain until Monday night, said AccuWeather Meteorologist Mark Paquette. "The temperatures will be well above average on Sunday and Monday, and perhaps a little breezy on Monday."

"Daytime temperatures on Sunday will be in the low to mid-60s," Paquette said.

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