Morristown, N.J., October 29, 2012 — Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) has moved 1,400 linemen and 1,200 forestry crews into position to restore power to customers in New Jersey after Hurricane Sandy, which is already lashing the state with strong winds and rain.
Crews have arrived in New Jersey from Florida, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Ohio and Canada. Restoration work will begin once the winds subside to safe levels. Bucket trucks carrying linemen are not safe during high winds.
The storm may delay a full assessment of damage until at least October 31 and then estimates will be developed for restoration times. Once the storm has passed, JCP&L will have 10 helicopters available to assess damage from the air.
JCP&L customers should take precautions and plan for outages that could last seven to 10 days.
JCP&L’s emergency operations center is already in full operation. Mobile command centers also are placed strategically around the state. Many of JCP&L’s substations have been sandbagged to help prevent water damage.
The priority for restoration starts with emergency services, including hospitals, police, fire and first aid. Repairs are scheduled based on restoring the most people the fastest. During severe damage, it could take repairs in many locations to restore power to one location.