New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said Tuesday it could take more than a week for power to be restored to the state's 2.4 million households that have been left in the dark by hurricane Sandy, reported dpa.
The number left without power was twice that impacted by hurricane Irene in August 2011, when it took eight days for power to be fully restored. Christie said in a televised press conference the electrical efforts would likely take longer this time given the scope of the damage.
The coastal state, where Sandy came ashore late Monday, is housing more 5,500 people in shelters amid forced evacuations in some areas and significant tidal flooding.
The full extent of the damage would not be clear for at least 24-48 hours, Christie said