By Nicole Brewer, Molly Daly
ATLANTIC COUNTY, NJ (CBS) — From uprooted trees to tattered power lines, southern New Jersey bore the brunt of Friday night’s storm. And three days later, much of Atlantic County remains in the dark.
“I can take a shower, but I can’t cook. That’s the main thing,” said Kathy Kinery of Mays Landing.
Without power for a fan or fridge, Kinery’s neighbor Patrick Grace will spend most of his time on the porch. He even slept there overnight.
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“It was, like, 89 degrees in the house, so I’m going to go out looking for a generator,” Grace said.
There’s no doubt it will help him power through the week. But for Gregory Jones, ingenuity and optimism go a long way.
“I’ve got coolers packed with ice; I’ve got my grill ready to go with propane. I’m doing good. It’s not a problem.”
At this point, 92,000 customers remain without power in South Jersey, and most of them live in Atlantic County.
Atlantic City Electric says its goal is to have the majority of its customers online by Wednesday.
In the meantime, Atlantic County has established a distribution point for ice and water at the Hamilton Mall along the Black Horse Pike in Mays Landing. They’ll be giving out a 40-pound bag of ice and a case of water – one per car.
Public Information Officer Linda Gilmore says the County has also set up four cooling stations.
“The cooling stations are different than shelters,” Gilmore points out. “The cooling stations provide air conditioning and water, so it’s relief from the heat. People can get out of this extreme heat for several hours.”
The cooling stations are located at Brigantine Community Center, Alder Avenue School in Egg Harbor Township, and at the City Halls in Linwood and Estell Manor.