All customers expected to have power back

Joann Parker (right) celebrates getting her new generator up and running with the help of sister Susan Heritage (left, of West Deptford) at her home on Mellon Avenue in Gibbsboro on June 29, 2015. Parker had been without power since last week's big storm. Heritage never lost power. (TOM GRALISH/Staff Photographer)

Less than five customers in Gloucester County whose power went out during a storm June 23 remained without electricity as of 6 p.m. Tuesday, an Atlantic City Electric spokesman said.

The utility predicted they would be reconnected by Tuesday night. About 900 crew members had been working to complete the power restoration through the afternoon. Earlier in the day, the number of customers out was about 100.

Personnel were dispatched mostly in the hardest-hit areas of Gloucester County - including East Greenwich, Mantua, Monroe, Wenonah, and Washington Township, said utility spokesman Frank Tedesco. Crews were also making infrastructure repairs in Burlington and Camden Counties, he said.

The storm knocked out power for about 280,000 customers of the utility and about 390,000 statewide. Straight-line winds in Gloucester County at one point reached 85 m.p.h.

Tedesco reiterated that a second storm, on Saturday, delayed efforts to recover. Some residents and lawmakers have criticized the utility, and the state Board of Public Utilities has indicated it will "review" its performance.

- Angelo Fichera