More Personnel Arrive to Assist Power Restoration to JCP&L Customers Following
Hurricane Sandy, Nor'easter
Work Continues in West Virginia to Restore Mon Power Customers Without Service
Due to Heavy Snow Last Week
MORRISTOWN, N.J., Nov. 8, 2012
MORRISTOWN, N.J., Nov. 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Approximately 1,600 additional
linemen will arrive in New Jersey today to join nearly 14,000 Jersey Central
Power and Light (JCP&L) employees, FirstEnergy (NYSE: FE) professionals,
outside contractors and utility workers who are concentrated on restoring
power following last week's Hurricane Sandy and the nor'easter that blew
through the area late yesterday. Currently, about 269,000 JCP&L customersare
without power as a result of the two storms combined.
Approximately 93 percent of the 1.2 million JCP&L customers affected
byHurricane Sandy have been restored, with the company's best forecasts
calling for the 149,000 remaining customers to be restored by the end of the
The nor'easter left up to 12 inches of wet, heavy snow across central New
Jersey, resulting in more than 120,000 additional power outages. Crews are
working day and night to restore customers affected by this storm. The
company's best forecast calls for these customers to be restored throughout
"Hurricane Sandy was the most devastating storm in our company's history, with
customers in New Jersey and West Virginia continuing to feel the full force of
its impact," said Charles E. Jones, senior vice president and president,
FirstEnergy Utilities. "The nor'easter further complicates the situation.
Our customers' hardships are real and we will continue our massive restoration
effort until all have their power restored. In addition, we greatly
appreciate the assistance we have received from elected officials, police,
fire and emergency management personnel for their dedicated efforts in keeping
public safety a priority and helping us meet the unprecedented challenges of
this disastrous storm."
In West Virginia, restoration activities center on repair of damage caused by
high winds and deep snow in the higher elevations. More than 350 off-road
distribution poles have already been replaced, and work continues on replacing
an additional 300 off-road poles. The majority of the remaining 15,000 Mon
Power customers are expected to be restored by midnight Friday. Restoration
for customers in the most heavily damaged areas, including parts of Barbour,
Braxton, Clay, Nicholas, Preston, Randolph, Tucker, Upshur and Webster
counties, may continue into the weekend.
Customers are cautioned never to touch downed lines. Always assume downed
wires are carrying electricity and 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 reportthe outage. The issue could be isolated to an individual home and
require further repairs.
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 intothe home.
Otherwise, power fromthe generator could be sent back onto the utility
company lines, creating a hazardous situation for utility workers.
For updated information on the company's current outages, FirstEnergy's storm
restoration process and tips for staying safe, visit the 24/7 Power Center at
www.firstenergycorp.com/outages. JCP&L customers can find the latest
information on Facebook at www.facebook.com/JCPandL. FirstEnergy operating
companies also are providing updates via Twitter @JCP_L and @MonPowerWV.
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; or Patti Michel - Mon Power,
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