Atlantic City Electric says it expects to have power restored to all customers who lost power in this morning’s severe thunderstorm.
The utility said in a news release that at the peak of the outages, more than 13,000 customers across South Jersey were without power.
Hardest hit, according to the company’s online outage map, were Gloucester and Camden counties, with fewer than 1,000 Atlantic County customers without power at the storm’s peak.
As of 9 a.m., the company said about 6,500 customers had their power restored across the area.
“We plan to have power restored to the majority of the other customers by late this evening,” Vince Maione, Atlantic City Electric Region President, said in a news release. “However, there could be some localized outages that might not be repaired until early Saturday.”
Complicating the outages today will be near-record heat across the area, according to the National Weather Service.
Atlantic County typically does not open individual cooling centers, but instead directs its residents to the county’s libraries, senior centers and other public air-conditioned buildings. A heat advisory is in effect from noon to 7 p.m. today, with forecast high temperatures inland expected to reach near 100 degrees.