NORTHFIELD - Thousands are still without electricity after a powerful storm hit Atlantic County on Friday. Residents in the county are still recovering on this Fourth of July, cleaning up and scaling back parties they had planned for the holiday.

"It scared me to death," Northfield resident Jim Schippan said of last week's storm. He spent the Fourth of July removing downed trees from his yard and while his power came back Tuesday, others nearby are still waiting for it to return. At Bootleggers' Liquor Outlet, customers were being lured in with a "storm sale," which owners say they hope will make up the $80,000 in sales they lost when their power went out for two days.

Atlantic City Electric expects most of the power to be back by Friday. Free water and ice are being distributed in the meantime and cooling centers are open in numerous neighborhoods. Atlantic County will be appealing to both FEMA and the state for aid.

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