NJ: Hurricane Power Outages Could Last Up To Seven To 10 Days


power-blackoutNew Jersey – Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) is preparing now for the possible impact of Hurricane Sandy and other severe weather predicted for early next week.

Weather forecasters are predicting a very powerful, damaging, multi-day storm with high winds, heavy precipitation and flooding across a wide portion of the east coast.  Depending on the severity of the storm’s impact on the electrical system, customers are encouraged to prepare for the possibility of power outages lasting up to seven to 10 days by taking action before the storm occurs:

–       Keep a flashlight and extra batteries handy.  Use care when burning candles; open flames are a fire hazard.

–       Gather extra blankets or a sleeping bag for each person.  Do not use gas stoves, kerosene heaters or other open-flame heat sources to prevent deadly carbon monoxide gas from building up in your home.

–       If you have a water well and pump, keep an emergency supply of bottled water and/or fill your bathtub with fresh water.

–       Stock an emergency supply of convenience foods that do not require cooking.

–       Keep a battery-powered radio with extra batteries on hand.  Tune in to a local radio station for current storm information.

–       Have a hard-wired telephone or a charged cell phone handy in the event you need to report your electricity is out.  Mobile phones can be charged in your vehicle using a car charger when power is out.  If you have a smart phone, this will ensure you have access to online information sources.

As a result of the weather forecasts, FirstEnergy is mobilizing internal crews and support personnel to assist in the restoration process if the storm causes large-scale power outages in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Maryland.  In addition, the company is securing outside utility crews, electrical contractors and tree contractors.

“Based on current predictions, we are making plans to position our crews to get ahead of the storm and minimize the impact on our customers,” said Chuck Jones, president of FirstEnergy Utilities.  “FirstEnergy crews and additional hazard teams and support staff are ready to assist the restoration process.”

{Andy Heller-Matzav.com Newscenter}


  1. sometimes this is the only way to teach us how to appreciate everything Hashem gives us & not to take everything for granted. i.e. take something very dear away from yourself when you NEED it & then start using it again a day/week later, you will really appreciate it & also see the amazing ways the way it works etc….

    if we stop taking things for granted & show Hsshem the proper hakoras hatov we owe, for everything Hashem gives us, then we will not need to lose things, for it to remind us about everything Hashem gave & continues to give us