PSEG Long Island is closely tracking the storm system that is projected to pass just offshore of the service territory Wednesday night and Thursday morning. This first major storm of 2018 is expected to deliver accumulating snow and strong, gusting winds.
From arranging for additional staffing to ensuring all vehicles and equipment are ready to operate in line with the predicted weather, PSEG Long Island stands ready to respond to any damage the snow and high winds may cause.
“We prepare year-round for storms and stand ready to address any damage the first storm of 2018 may cause to the energy grid,” said John O’Connell, vice president of Transmission & Distribution at PSEG Long Island. “While we can’t control Mother Nature, we know that all of the ongoing improvements we’re making to the system are allowing us to better handle whatever weather comes our way.”
Following the snow and wind on Thursday, extreme cold is likely to occur Friday and Saturday. While generators may be useful during an extended power outage, especially when it is cold, PSEG Long Island reminds customers to never use a portable electric generator inside of or in very near proximity of a home, business or any enclosed space. Gas generators should be used with caution, following all safety and operational guidelines in order to prevent carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning, electric shock and fire.