Toms River, Brick, Forked River and Point Pleasant Borough remain among the communities in Ocean County still suffering from widespread power outages.
Jersey Central Power and Light was reporting an estimated 33,212 customers without power as of 11:50 a.m. Tuesday, with more than 20,000 centered in the aforementioned municipalities.
While outages are affecting a wide swath of the county, many municipalities are largely back online three days after Hurricane Irene downed trees, power lines and sparked flooding throughout the region. For example, the utility is reporting seven customers offline in Barnegat, and 22 in Bay Head, while other municipalities have several hundred customers still in the dark.MUNICIPALITY OUTAGES Toms River 9,055 Brick 6,417 Forked River 3,663 Point Borough 2,795 Jackson 1,596 Bayville 999 South Toms River 835 Whiting 580 Point Beach 239 Lakehurst 73 Manchester 87 Barnegat 7
JCP&L said crews are "working around the clock" as flooding, downed trees and debris were complicating restoration efforts.
Ron Morano, a JCP&L spokesperson, said Monday night customers would be restored by next week at the latest, although the majority should be back on the grid by this weekend.
"We understand that our customers are upset because they're out of service. We ask them to please be patient with us. This is a process that takes time because the work needs to be done safely. We are working as hard as we can to return your service as quickly and safely as possible," Morano said.
To report an outage, call 888-544-4877.
Charlie LaPlaca contributed to this report.