Thousands in South Jersey lose power after storms

Crews were working feverishly Saturday afternoon to restore service to thousands of utility customers in southern New Jersey who lost power when severe thunderstorms socked the region with heavy rain, lightning and winds gusting up to 70 mph.

But officials say it may take “several days” before service is fully restored, unwelcome news on a day where temperatures were expected to reach the mid-90s.

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The storms caused widespread damage in the region, knocking down numerous trees and power lines.

Atlantic City Electric said more than 206,000 customers lost service during the storm, and nearly 144,000 had no power as of late Saturday.

About 1,800 Jersey Central Power & Light customers had no service early Saturday, a number that rose to about 3,400 by late Saturday.

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