Morristown, N.J., November 6, 2012 – Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) restored power to more than 900,000 of the 1.2 million JCP&L customers affected by Hurricane Sandy, marking five consecutive days where crews have restored at least 100,000 customers per day.
While restoration continues, JCP&L is preparing for a Nor’easter that is expected to arrive November 7 with high winds and heavy rain. Crews already in place will continue to work through the storm as safety permits.
About 250,000 of JCP&L’s customers remain without power, most of whom live in Morris, Monmouth and Ocean counties. The vast majority of customers will be restored by November 7. Customers in harder-hit areas can expect to be restored throughout the coming week.
Many JCP&L customers along the barrier islands and coastal towns of Monmouth and Ocean counties, and other areas that are unsafe to energize cannot be completely restored because of severe damage to homes, businesses, roads and infrastructure.
Restoring power to customers is being handled by more than 8,800 professionals, including 4,100 linemen and 1,500 forestry workers. An additional 600 linemen are arriving today to assist JCP&L’s restoration effort. JCP&L has received crews from as far away as California, Washington state and Florida.
Since Hurricane Sandy began, JCP&L crews have restored high-voltage transmission connections to substations and have completed 34.5 kilovolt connections, which bring high voltage to the local neighborhood system. More JCP&L crews are transitioning to repair local lines.
JCP&L is completing restoration to police and fire departments, water and sewage treatment plants, hospitals, schools, and gas stations. Many of these priority customers require extensive repairs to connect. For customers still without power, JCP&L set up charging stations for cell phones and tablet computers at locations where free ice and water also are being distributed.
Hurricane Sandy caused widespread destruction in the JCP&L service area. More than 1,000 utility poles are being replaced. More than 35,000 trees have been cut and removed from JCP&L equipment since the hurricane struck New Jersey last week. Crews are replacing about 4,300 spans of wire and 400 transformers. About 180 miles of wire, 2,700 poles and 1,000 transformers have been delivered to JCP&L.
JCP&L is using a helicopter with an aerial saw that cuts vegetation away from lines and 15 crews from the Army Corps of Engineers are helping JCP&L forestry crews clear roads.
JCP&L is a unit of FirstEnergy Corp. JCP&L serves 1.1 million customers in 13 New Jersey counties.