Service Restored to More Than 1 Million JCP&L Customers Affected by Hurricane
Majority of Remaining Customers Expected to Be Restored by Saturday
MORRISTOWN, N.J., Nov. 7, 2012
MORRISTOWN, N.J., Nov. 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Jersey Central Power & Light
(JCP&L) has restored power to nearly 1.1 of the 1.2 million customers who lost
power from last week's Hurricane Sandy. More than 9,700 professionals,
including 4,800 linemen and 1,500 forestry workers, continue around-the-clock
efforts to restore service to customers as efficiently and safely as possible.
JCP&L's best forecast is that the remaining 177,000 customers will be restored
by Saturday, November 10. There may be isolated pockets of customers located
in inaccessible areas or who have individual flooding or downed line issues
that will take longer.
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"Hurricane Sandy inflicted wide-reaching and unprecedented damage across our
state, and we're focused on completing the largest storm restoration effort in
our company's history," said Don Lynch, President, JCP&L. "Every available
resource from within FirstEnergy and from outside companies is engaged in our
solid plan to restore service to the vast majority of our customers by this
In parallel with restoration activities, JCP&L is prepared for a nor'easter
that is expected to bring high winds and heavy rain to the area today. Crews
already in place will continue to work through the storm as safety permits.
"At the same time, we are keeping a close eye on the new nor'easter that could
potentially hamper our restoration efforts and even cause some new outages
later today," saidLynch. "While the impact of the nor'easter is not
anticipated to approach that of Hurricane Sandy, we encourage customers to
remain prepared for the possibility of power interruptions. As weather
allows, we will continue our efforts to restore all customers as soon as
possible, even through the storm."
JCP&L is completing restoration to police and fire departments, water and
sewage treatment plants, hospitals, schools, and gas stations. Many of these
priority customers require extensive repairs to connect. For customers still
without power, JCP&L set up charging stations for cell phones and tablet
computers at locations where free ice and water also are being distributed.
For more information, go to www.firstenergycorp.com/storminfo.
As debris from the storm is being cleared, customers are cautioned never to
touch downed lines. Customers should always assume downed wires are carrying
electricity and are reminded to keep children and pets away from them. Downed
wires should be reported immediately to your electric company or local police
or fire department. Customers should never try to remove trees or limbs from
power lines because they could conduct electricity. They should wait for
emergency services or utility crews to arrive.
To report an outage, customers should call 1-888-LIGHTSS (1-888-544-4877). If
power has been restored to your neighbors, but your power remains out, be sure
to report your outage. The issue could be isolated to your home and require
Customers are reminded to stay clear of crews as they assess damage and repair
equipment. By allowing crews to work, the restoration of power will be faster
and people will remain safe. Customers are reminded that even if they do not
see crews working in their neighborhood, work could be under way at a nearby
substation or other location that serves the neighborhood.
Customers with mobile devices can obtain updated information on current
outages, FirstEnergy's storm restoration process and tips for staying safe.
Customers are urged to visit the 24/7 Power Center at
www.firstenergycorp.com/outages. Or follow JCP&L on Twitter @JCP_L and
Facebook at www.facebook.com/JCPandL for the latest information.
To ensure the safety of the home's occupants as well as that of utility
company employees who may be working on power lines in the area, the proper
generator should be selected and installed by a qualified electrician. When
operating a generator, always disconnect the power coming into your home.
Otherwise, power from your generator could be sent back onto the utility
company lines, creating a hazardous situation for utility workers.
JCP&L is a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE). JCP&L serves 1.1
million customers in 13 New Jersey counties.
FirstEnergy is a diversified energy company dedicated to safety, reliability
and operational excellence. Its 10 electric distribution companies form one
of the nation's largest investor-owned electric systems, serving customers in
Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and West Virginia. Its
generation subsidiaries control more than 20,000 megawatts of capacity from a
diversified mix of scrubbed coal, non-emitting nuclear, natural gas, hydro,
pumped-storage hydro and other renewables.
Follow FirstEnergy on Twitter @FirstEnergyCorp.
SOURCE FirstEnergy Corp.
Contact: Ron Morano - JCP&L, +1-973-401-8097
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