ANDOVER, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — The nor’easter that slammed the Northeast last week has claimed another life in the Tri-State Area.
Police confirmed Sunday a 41-year-old man in Andover, New Jersey died Friday night after coming in contact with power lines that fell during the storm.
Authorities believe the man was investigating a fire that had been sparked by the downed lines at the time.
The powerful storm is blamed for at least eight other deaths, including an 11-year-old boy who died when a tree came crashing into his Putnam County home.
Tens of thousands of people remained without power across the area Sunday.
Some customers in New Jersey could be in the dark until Tuesday or Wednesday, officials said.
“We have two young girls, so staying in a home without electricity wasn’t an option,” said John Thompson, of Morris Township, whose family has been staying with in-laws. “I know (the utility crews) are working as hard and fast as they can, but it’s still frustrating that it’s taking so long.”
PSE&G said it will be sending 190 crews and contractors to Sussex County to help JCP&L restore power Monday.
“We expect PSE&G’s remaining 576 customers affected by the storm to be restored by midnight tonight or early Monday morning,” said John Latka, PSE&G senior vice president of electric and gas operations. “With crews assigned to complete repairs for these remaining customers, we are now in a position to assist our neighboring utility to restore power to other New Jersey customers.”
In Connecticut, Eversource said it hopes to have power restored to all its customers by the end of the day Sunday.
Meanwhile, a number of roads in the state remain closed due to debris from the storm.
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