Thousands of New Jersey and Long Island residents are waking up in the dark this morning – outages that could linger for days as Hurricane Sandy reaches the area.
Jersey Central Power and Light reported nearly 5,000 homes and businesses without service. Most of those customers are located in Ocean County.
The Long Island Power Authority had 743 affected customers at 6 a.m.
And 48 Con Edison customers are in the dark, outage numbers that are predicted to exponentially grow as rain and wind roar through the region.
The head of New Jersey’s Board of Public Utilities says residents should brace themselves for widespread and prolonged power outages.
BPU president Bob Hanna says the state’s four public utilities expect high winds and heavy rains to take their toll over the next few days.
Most of the outages will be due to downed trees hitting power lines and flooding in substations.