Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) has positioned more than 1,250 line workers, hazard responders, forestry workers and support personnel to respond to outages resulting from the latest severe storm impacting the region.
Heavy rain and snow, accompanied by strong winds with gusts up to 60 miles per hour, are moving through New Jersey March 6 and 7. High tides also have the potential to increase coastal flooding.
Crews and support personnel are working around-the-clock across JCP&L's service territory to restore service from weather-related outages. As of 4 p.m. March 6, about 10,000 customers were experiencing outages due to the high winds. Outage restoration may be slowed initially as crews assess the ability to work safely in elevated buckets during high winds.
To minimize the storm's impact on electrical equipment, crews have placed sandbags around substations that could be threatened by flooding. These include substations in Monmouth, Ocean and Essex counties. In addition, floodgates have been closed at the Morristown substation.
To prepare for the storm JCP&L has also:
· Brought in more than 150 line personnel and hazard responders from FirstEnergy's Ohio utilities and 140 contractor line personnel to support restoration efforts
· Secured 150 tree contractor crews to respond to tree-related conditions
· Communicated with emergency management officials, state officials, regulators and local officials about our storm preparation efforts
· Activated the JCP&L storm information page on the 24/7 Power Center
· Notified well water and life support customers about the potential for power outages.
JCP&L is a unit of FirstEnergy Corp. (FE). JCP&L serves 1.1 million customers in the counties of Burlington, Essex, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union and Warren.