Power Companies Brace for Storm, Warn of Potential Power Outages

PSE&G and JCP&L both announced tonight that they are closely monitoring the track of the approaching storm and making emergency preparations in case our area experiences high winds and heavy rain. The storm is expected to reach New Jersey late tonight and continue through tomorrow morning. Sustained winds with speeds in excess of 50 miles per hour are possible.

PSE&G representatives said the company is scheduling additional personnel overnight to be ready to respond to outages as soon as the strong winds subside and it is safe for workers to work in bucket trucks and other equipment.

High winds might cause trees to brush up against power lines, and lightning could strike and damage trees or pole-top equipment, a company representative said. Outages may be caused by falling trees and limbs, which bring down power lines. Downed wires should always be considered live. Do not approach or drive over a downed line and do not touch anything that it might be in contact with.

To report downed wires or power outages, customers should call PSE&G’s customer service line at 1-800-436-PSEG. 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.

JCP&L representatives said the company has implemented its storm preparation process, which includes boosting the number of dispatchers and analysts at the regional dispatch office, and bringing in additional line, substation and forestry personnel. Contractors also have been notified that they could be required to assist with storm restoration efforts over the next several days.

Customers who are without power shoudl call JCP&L at  1-888-LIGHTSS (1-888-544-4877) to report their outage. In the event of severe weather, customers should immediately report downed wires to JCP&L or their local police or fire department. For updated information on the company’s current outages, FirstEnergy’s storm restoration process and tips for staying safe, visit  www.firstenergycorp.com/outages. JCP&L customers also can find the latest information on Facebook at www.facebook.com/JCPandL or on Twitter @JCP_L.