Hundreds starting day in NJ without power

    Hurricane Sandy has knocked out electricity to more than 5,000 customers in New Jersey so far. And officials warn that number is only expected to grow.

    Jersey Central Power & Light is reporting 4,758 homes and businesses are without service early Monday. Most of them are in Ocean County.

    Atlantic Electric has 359 outages, mainly in Cumberland County.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.

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