Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) is reporting Monday that 1,400 linemen and 1,200 forestry crews are ready for whatever damage and outages Hurricane Sandy may bring to its service area, which includes 1.1 million customers in Essex, Morris, Passaic, Union and other counties.
Linemen and forestry crews from as far as Florida, Michigan and Canada have arrived in New Jersey and are in position to restore power, according to the utility.
A full assessment of damage may not be possible until at least Wednesday. After estimates of outages are completed, priorities can be set for restoring power. Priority restoration will start with emergency services, including hospitals, police, fire and first aid. Repairs are scheduled based on restoring the most people the fastest, the utility explained.
“We ask all our customers to be safe through this dangerous storm. If lines are down, please stay away until crews can arrive to make the area safe,” Don Lynch, President of JCP&L, stated in a release.
JCP&L customers should report power outages to 1-888-LIGHTSS (1-888-544-4877) or click the “Report Outage” link on www.firstenergycorp.com.
Downed wires should be reported immediately to the electric company or local police or fire department.