Crews restore power after storms batter N.J.

    Utility crews are making progress restoring electricity after powerful storms knocked out service to some 30,000 customers in New Jersey.

    The state’s three major utilities say about 1,900 homes and businesses remain without service Wednesday.


    The storms packed powerful winds and heavy rain as they charged through the state on Tuesday.

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    The National Weather Service recorded wind gusts of 55 mph off Sandy Hook, 43 mph at Trenton-Mercer Airport and 40 mph in Morristown.

    The strong winds toppled trees, which downed power lines.

    More than 3 inches of rain fell in Walpack Township in Sussex County and Blairstown in Warren County.

    Forecasters are predicting milder and cooler conditions for Wednesday.

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