PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The third nor’easter in two weeks comes as local utilities have just about recovered from the first two.

PECO just yesterday restored service to the last of 750,000 customers who lost power from the first two nor’easters, says spokeswoman Jackie Thompson.

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“We had some additional cleanup work that we did on the system yesterday, Sunday, in anticipation of additional weather activity,” she tells KYW Newsradio.


Thompson says extra line crews are on standby, ready to go back to work again if need be. It’s the same with PSE&G in South Jersey.

As of 4:30 a.m., PSE&G reported that they’re restored power to “99.9 percent” of the 320,000 customers who had the lights go out last Wednesday.

Road crews are also resting up, in preparation for what could be a busy night of plowing a coating to two inches of snow off of the highways.

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“This is our life! You just make sure you have groceries and you have a plan if you need to leave,” said Marcie Nisly of Brigantine

She can only laugh at this point about dealing with three nor’easters in March.

She –like many — are hoping this latest one, expected to hit soon will be the last one.

“This is our third one in about two weeks. It becomes tiring, it becomes exhausting,” said Nisly.

Ed Stinson, Brigantine City manager says on top of just sheer storm fatigue there is serious concern about the end of winter’s wrath affecting summer.

“Everybody is concerned along the beachfront we have the erosion and everybody wants to see what’s going to happen with this one and what that means for the summer,” said Stinson.

In Brigantine, there, fortunately, is a beach replenishment project going on to help with the erosion that has happened in the last two nor’easters.

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“Our beaches will be great this summer,” Stinson said.