Service to Majority of Jersey Central Power & Light Customers to Be Restored
Mon Power Restoration Work Continues
MORRISTOWN, N.J., Nov. 9, 2012
MORRISTOWN, N.J., Nov. 9, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --More than 14,500 FirstEnergy
(NYSE: FE) professionals, outside contractors and utility workers are
restoring service to Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) customers following
last week's Hurricane Sandy and this week's nor'easter.
Approximately 168,000 JCP&L customers in New Jersey remain without power.
Since yesterday, crews restored power to approximately 100,000 customers.
Today, an additional 1,200 line workers are traveling to New Jersey from the
northeast to join nearly 7,000 line workers already on the ground. With these
additional resources, the majority of customers who do not have power,
including those who experienced new outages as a result of the nor'easter,
will have power restored by Saturday evening. In some communities where
service wires to individual homes must be replaced, power will be restored by
Sunday evening. Devastated areas, mostly in the barrier islands where crews
were not able to begin service restoration until recently, will extend into
In West Virginia, more than 3,000 utility workers, including 1,300 linemen,
continue to repair damage caused by high wind and wet, heavy snow in the
higher elevations. Crews have replaced more than 600 distribution poles and
work continues to replace an additional 400-plus poles, of which 220 are
off-road poles.Currently, approximately 11,700 Mon Power customers remain
without service, and power has been restoredto about 230,000 customers
affected by the storm. Restoration for customers in the most heavily damaged
areas, including parts of Barbour, Nicholas, Preston, Randolph, Tucker, Upshur
and Webster counties should be completed by the end of the weekend.
As restoration work continues, 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
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 the 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 into the home so
power from the generator is not 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.
Contact: News Media, Ron Morano - JCP&L, +1-973-401-8097, or Todd Meyers - Mon
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