Nearly 300 Still Without Power in Heights as Athena Nears

Latest work plan from PSE&G shows work to restore the final 274 customers who have been without power for more than a week due to Sandy may not be resolved until Saturday.

PSE&G's latest repair plan shows the remaining 274 customers in Hasbrouck Heights still waiting for their power to be returned can expect to have it all restored by Saturday.

However many fear that the winds and snow of the projected Nor'Easter storm Athena could delay repairs and cause further outages.

Tuesday night power was restored to the northern area of the borough near Route 46 including Baldwin, Pasadena, Collins which had been out for more than a week. One resident reported that a part of Henry Street, which had also been out for more than a week, was returned in the early hours of Wednesday.

However parts of Lincoln, Ottawa, Oak Grove and still without power. According to PSE&G the plan over the next four days involves restoring power to 28 customers Wednesday, 34 on Thursday, 43 on Friday, and 109 on Saturday. There are no specifics provided regarding which areas will be serviced first.

Temporary power outages were reported mid-afternoon Wednesday on Cleveland Avenue and parts of Hackensack Street in Wood-Ridge on the border of Hasbrouck Heights. Power was returned after an hour or two.

A cold and wet mix of rain and snow began to descend on Hasbrouck Heights early Wednesday afternoon - the early signs that the Nor' Easter storm known as Athena is on her way.

The National Weather Service expects the storm to bring severe wind gusts and several of inches of snow to the area.

Hasbrouck Heights Police have issued a warning to residents to take precautions against severe winds which could have gusts of up to 50 miles per hour.

Governor Chris Christie warns that many who have had power returned may lose power again.

Stay tuned for more updates.

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