Life is gradually returning to normal in parts of South Jersey that were slammed Saturday morning by a historic line of thunderstorms with hurricane-force winds that downed thousands of trees and power lines.
Due to the extensive nature of the damage in Atlantic County, coupled with the extreme power losses, the county will once again be putting a curfew in place between 9 p.m. and 6 p.m., spokeswoman Linda Gilmore said.
The curfew is in effect for all municipalities in Atlantic County except Atlantic City, Gilmore said.
Atlantic City Electric said in a news release that it continues to make progress toward restoring power for the more than 100,000 residents still in the dark.
The utility said that power has been restored to many high-voltage transmission lines and substations. Damage assessment teams still are evaluating damage and additional assessment teams have been brought in from outside the company to help.
Atlantic City Electric also said utility crews from New York and North Jersey were brought in to help with the recovery effort.
The majority of customers should be restored by Wednesday, though it could take until Friday for power to be completely restored. Any storm damage caused by storms predicted again for this week could lengthen the recovery effort.