PSE&G STORM UPDATE – DEC. 21, 2012 AT 11:30 A.M.
(The following is a reformatted version of a press release issued by PSE&G and received via electronic mail. The release was confirmed by the sender.)
PSE&G storm update - Dec. 21, 2012 at 11:30 a.m.
-- The number of outages from today’s wind and rain storm is now about 12,000 statewide. Counties with the most outages are: Essex (5,000), Bergen (1,900) and Mercer (2,900). PSE&G crews will continue to work throughout the day to restore power.
-- Many of the outages are caused by falling trees and limbs, which bring down power lines. Downed wires should always be considered “live.” STAY AWAY FROM ALL DOWNED LINES. Do not approach or drive over a downed line and do not touch anything that it might be in contact with. To report a downed wire and other visible equipment damage, call 1-800-436-PSEG and tell PSE&G the nearest cross street.
-- To report a power outage, call PSE&G’s Customer Service line: 1-800-436-PSEG.
-- Electric crews work to restore power to the largest numbers of customers first, taking into account “priority” customers, such as hospitals, police stations, fire stations, water and sewer facilities, communications facilities (TV, radio, and telephone), and customers on life-sustaining medical equipment. At the same time, the utility restores power to homes and businesses, starting with the circuits serving the largest number of customers.
-- Customers with a handheld device, or who are at an alternate location with power, can also report power outages and view the status of their outage by logging in to My Account at pseg.com. General outage activity throughout our service territory is available online at www.pseg.com/outagecenter and updates are posted on pseg.com during severe weather.
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Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G) is New Jersey’s oldest and largest regulated gas and electric delivery utility, serving nearly three-quarters of the state’s population. PSE&G is the winner of the ReliabilityOne National Achievement Award for superior electric system reliability. PSE&G is a subsidiary of Public Service Enterprise Group Incorporated (PSEG) (NYSE:PEG), a diversified energy company (www.pseg.com).