Officials in Chatham Borough and Chatham Township said Wednesday residents face 7 to 10 days more without power.
Power did return to some small pockets of the Chathams Wednesday. Outages in Chatham Borough fell from 3,629 customers at 2 p.m. Tuesday to 1,861 at 4 p.m. Wednesday.
In Chatham Township, power is slower to return. JCP&L reported 4,308 households without power at 4 p.m. Wednesday, compared to 4,394 households at 2 p.m. Tuesday.
According to the federal Department of Energy, there are 6,062,526 customers without power as of 2 p.m. Wednesday in the states affected by Hurricane Sandy. This is a decrease of 186,871 since Wednesday morning.
Train service through NJ Transit is still down, but according to a press statement from Gov. Chris Christie's office, much of NJ Transit's bus service will be restored and limited Access Link paratransit service will resume Thursday.
Many bridges and tunnels into New York City will be limited to high-occupancy vehicles only until further notice, according to Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
The School District of the Chathams has closed schools through Friday.
Charging and warming centers are open throughout the borough and township, some open 24 hours per day.
Garbage pickup will resume as usual Thursday in the borough and township.
Police continue to ask residents to stay indoors and not to approach any downed wires, as they could be and likely are energized.