Atlantic City Electric has restored power to nearly half the households that were out Tuesday, with now about 34,000 homes and business remaining in the dark as of the Fourth of July.

Following the destructive June 30 storm, Gov. Chris Christie had said most people would have their electricity restored by the end of today with everyone expected to regain power by the end of this week. More than 200,000 homes were originally without power after the storm.

Several hundred workers are working on restoring power, according to Atlantic County Public Information Officer Linda Gilmore. Several municipalities are nearly fully restored, including Mullica and Ventnor.

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“Egg Harbor Township reports several less intersections remain inactivated,” Gilmore said in a statement. “In one of the hardest hit areas, Buena Vista Township, approximately 40 percent of residents remain without power, but even that is an improvement.”

Buena Vista is continuing to provide water and ice to residents at its town hall from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Other municipalities, such as Margate, has closed its two cooling stations.

Atlantic County also will be distributing water and ice at the Hamilton Mall from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. One bag of ice and one case (24 bottles) of water per vehicle will be given out.

A state of emergency remains in effect Wednesday in Atlantic County.

Two cooling stations, with air conditioning and water, will remain open 24 hours a day until further notice at the Dorothy Fire Hall and Northfield City Hall.

Municipal cooling stations open July 4 include:

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, Absecon - 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Brigantine Community Center - 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Richland Fire Hall - 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Buena Vista Township City Hall - 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Alder Avenue School, Egg Harbor Township, - noon to 8 p.m., Linwood City Hall - 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Pleasantville high rise, 140 N. Main St., - 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Somers Point City Hall - 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

County library branches are closed for the July 4 holiday along with county offices. The Emergency Operations Center remains open today until 5 p.m.

Residents and businesses should continue to report damages to their local Office of Emergency Management or online at or To report power outages please call Atlantic City Electric at 1-800-833-7476.

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