Posted Tuesday, March 6th, 2018
We have serious concerns with regards to the current forecast data due to our current Morris County electrical outage issues, and our many Morris County residents that still remain without power.
At the time of this communication, we have 11,094 JCP&L customers without power. We spoke with members of the JCP&L team throughout the day, and it does not appear that we will see resolve of all of our pending outages prior to the arrival of this next storm.
The current restoration time estimate provided by the JCP&L team is Thursday, March 8th at 11:30PM, however, we expect this estimate will likely change depending on the magnitude of the incoming storm.
With each forecast update, we see increased confidence that we will be dealing with a major storm, as snowfall totals have significantly increased since our communication yesterday. Current snowfall totals between 6 and 14 inches have been forecast.
At the height of the storm, we anticipate seeing snowfall rates of one-to-two inches per hour. The forecast data suggests that the snow is expected to begin late this evening and continue into Wednesday morning, with conditions quickly deteriorating by 9-10 a.m. We anticipate that the worst of the storm will be between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.
Due to the heavy and wet nature of the snow, trees and power lines will once again be at a higher risk to come down, especially those that suffered damage from the last storm. Although the winds will not be as significant as the last storm, we anticipate seeing gusts between 25-to-35 mph.
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JCP&L reminds customers to immediately report downed wires to their utility at 888LIGHTSS
(888-544-4877), or to their local police or fire department.
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