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SOURCE FirstEnergy Corp.
Sandbags Placed Around Substations Susceptible to Flooding
MORRISTOWN, N.J, March 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- 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 today and tomorrow. 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. today, approximately 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, flood gates have been closed at the Morristown substation.
To prepare for the storm JCP&L has also:
JCP&L customers can also utilize a new free smartphone app to report outages and access important information and services related to their electric accounts. The app is available for Apple® iPhone® and Android™ smartphones. Customers can use the keyword "FirstEnergy" to locate the apps in the online store. A new mobile website is also available to customers who use a smartphone to visit www.jcp-l.com.
FirstEnergy customer call centers will be fully staffed. Customers who are without power are encouraged to call 1-888-LIGHTSS (1-888-544-4877) to report their outage or click the "Report Outage" link on www.firstenergycorp.com.
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 or on Twitter @JCP_L.
Customers can take the following steps to prepare for the possibility of outages caused by winter storms:
JCP&L is a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: 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.
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