Crazy for sure. I will say this....excluding coastal impacts and total rain etc etc....
Those two minutes caused hurricane like damage to the power grids of Monmouth and Ocean counties. In our area of SoMoCo we are approaching 48 hours of power loss for MANY customers be it residential or businesses. BTW not complaining about response times etc etc. Been around the block many times and actually understand the complications around this particular event.
I do see lots of progress occurring and yes in the beginning those initially turned back on are usually the low hanging fruit, meaning simple fixes. Our house was an example because the outage occurred down-line and breakers on our street did the job of protecting further damage. So they just needed to be popped back on (bucket lift and a long stick) once the feed was back up four hours later.
My offices however not so lucky. The destruction in all directions along the 34 corridor between 33 and 195 was a big job and still in progress. I do see the activity moving along from spot to spot as they piece it all back.
It also took a day for the reinforcements to arrive. I saw many convoys of out of state crew and equipment rolling yesterday. Part of the progress being seen today.
What happen Monday was something I have not seen over such a wide area. I get why. I also feel, not know, that there might of been a mix of micros AND small tornado's. The reasoning is the absolute sweeping destruction of the winds in small 100-200 yard areas was very intense and focused. I can looks at the edges and see very little sign of damage. Also I watched three different wind blast in my back yard within a minute. Two were from SW and the last one from the NNE. there was also zero viability in the almost fog like cloud and rain when each hit. I also live on a high point close to 178ft. Not sure if that matters but other spots of more severe impact also pop up at higher points around Alliare Park and Airport.
Kudos to those working around the clock to turn it all back on!
Kudos to the Kohler the old 125 keeps chugging along at work.