Posted Thursday, October 25th, 2018
From Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L):
Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) is preparing for the impact of severe weather that is forecast to impact parts of the East Coast beginning Friday, including heavy rain and wind gusts of more than 50 mph across the company’s service areas in northern and central New Jersey.
Company meteorologists are monitoring a developing storm system generated, in part, by the remnants of Hurricane Willa as it exits Mexico and continues its path east. Current trends show the possibility of severe weather affecting JCP&L and other FirstEnergy utilities in Pennsylvania, Maryland and West Virginia beginning Friday night and into the weekend.
JCP&L personnel are reviewing storm response plans, which include making arrangements to bring in additional line, substation and forestry personnel, and additional dispatchers and analysts at regional dispatch offices, as required, based on the severity of the weather.
Plans also include:
“We are taking steps now to implement our storm restoration process,” said James V. Fakult, president of Jersey Central Power & Light. “The ultimate goal of our pre-planning efforts is to speed the restoration process and minimize any inconvenience our customers experience due to the weather.”
Customers who may be left without power after the storm are encouraged to call 1-888-LIGHTSS (1-888-544-4877) to report their outage or click the “Report Outage” link on www.firstenergycorp.com.
In the event of severe weather, customers should immediately report downed wires to their utility or their local police or fire department. Customers should never go near a downed power line, even if they think it is no longer carrying electricity. Extra caution should be used in areas where downed lines are tangled in trees or other debris. Motorists are cautioned to treat intersections with inoperable traffic signals as four-way stops.
Customers are encouraged to prepare for the possibility of outages: