By Al Novack

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Several out-of-state utility companies are pitching in to help Atlantic City Electric restore power to more than 100,000 customers.

Spokesperson Linda Gilmore says it’s a monumental task.

“(There are) still a number of downed trees and downed wires. And that, coupled with this excessive heat, has just made for a very dangerous situation.”

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The goal is to get the bulk of customers back on line by July 4th, but there are still many people who whose lights won’t come on until Friday, July 6th. The National Guard is helping utility crews with clean up.

And, the Red Cross has set up cooling centers.

“Cooling centers so that people can come in and get cooled off because they have no power in that area,” says spokesperson Laura Steinmetz. “They can get cooled off, they can get a beverage. It’s very transient — people come in, they get cooled off and then they leave.”

To find a shelter or a cooling center near you, go to

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