Monday, 29 August, 2011 1:53 AM
Central Power & Light Restores Service to 157,000 Customers
Affected by Hurricane Irene
sections of a golf course is flooded by Hurricane Irene
in southern N.J. , Sunday, Aug. 28, 2011.
-- Electrical service to approximately 157,000 customers
of Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L), a FirstEnergy Corp.
(NYSE: FE) utility, has been restored following Hurricane Irene.
Company personnel continue
working to restore service to another 431,000 customers who remain
without power as a result of the storm, which has caused considerable
flooding and tree damage throughout northern and central New Jersey.
Reports of downed power lines in more than 6,000 locations have
been received. Many customers will be restored in the next several
days. In areas with extensive flooding and wind related damage,
restoration is expected to continue throughout the week.
To efficiently and safely
restore service to storm-impacted JCP&L customers, FirstEnergy
has more than 1,200 employees from JCP&L, Pennsylvania Electric
Company, Pennsylvania Power, Ohio Edison, Toledo Edison, Cleveland
Electric Illuminating Company, West Penn Power, Mon Power and Potomac
Edison. Another 300 lineworkers and support personnel are being
deployed to the area today and tomorrow.
Throughout the storm
restoration process, company representatives will be working closely
with local, state and federal emergency management officials and
state utility regulators.
"Our hazard and
line crews have been addressing power outages since the hurricane
first hit, and lineworkers, vehicles and supplies from other FirstEnergy
utilities have provided immediate support that will aid us throughout
the restoration process," said JCP&L President Donald M.
Lynch. "While we are making progress with restoration, we are
also still assessing damage and developing work plans for timely,
efficient and safe repairs to restore all customers. Access to some
areas remains limited by debris from downed trees and limbs and
heavy flooding, and the safety of our workers and the public is
a top priority while we work to restore service. Widespread damage
in the aftermath of a major storm can take days to repair, and we
ask for customers to remain patient as we work to restore power.
"Our top priority
remains keeping our customers and employees safe as we return power
to service," Lynch added. "Downed wires should be reported
immediately to JCP&L or local police or fire departments."
call centers are fully staffed, with additional representatives
available in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia if needed. JCP&L
customers should call 1-888-LIGHTSS (1-888-544-4877), or 1-800-545-7738.
As debris from the storm
is being cleared, customers are cautioned never to touch downed
lines. Customers should always assume downed wires are carrying
electricity and are reminded to keep their children and pets away
from downed wires. Customers should never try to remove trees or
limbs from power lines because they could conduct electricity. They
should wait for emergency services or utility crews to arrive.
Tips for customers without
- Call 1-888-LIGHTSS
(1-888-544-4877) to report your outage – it's the fastest
way to begin the restoration process.
- Avoid opening the
refrigerator or freezer. A full freezer can keep food frozen for
up to three days if it's kept closed.
- Keep flashlights with
fresh batteries in your home.
- Unplug major appliances
until after the power has been restored. Keep one light connected
so you will know when the power is back on.
- Never use a stove
or oven to heat your home.
- Burning candles should
never be left unattended in a house.
- Gasoline-powered generators
should never be operated inside a home or attached garage.
- Make sure you have
fresh batteries in a portable radio so you can stay tuned to your
local radio station for updates on our progress to restore power.
JCP&L serves 1.1
million customers in 13 New Jersey counties.
For updated information
on hurricane restoration news, current outages, FirstEnergy's storm
restoration process and tips for staying safe after a storm, go
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Continental to Resume Flights at Noon Monday at New York Airports
flights at united.com or continental.com for no fee
-- United Airlines and Continental Airlines are preparing
to resume flight departures at noon Monday, Aug. 29, at its hub
at Newark Liberty International Airport, John F. Kennedy International
Airport and LaGuardia Airport, following the carriers' suspension
of operations Saturday and Sunday due to Hurricane Irene.
Continental employees from other domestic locations will fly to
New York to assist their co-workers in resuming operations at area
United and Continental will resume service Monday that had been
suspended Sunday at several other airports along the East Coast,
including White Plains, N.Y., Boston, Mass., Hartford, Conn., Providence,
R.I., Portland, Maine, Manchester, N.H., and Albany, N.Y. The airlines
provide the latest flight information and operations summary at
united.com and continental.com.
Continental canceled 2,265 flights August 27 and August 28 and pre-canceled
an additional 437 flights for August 29, due to Hurricane Irene.
The aftermath of Hurricane Irene may force some additional delays
and cancellations of scheduled flights to the region on Monday.
United and Continental encourage customers to check their specific
flight status at the carriers' respective websites prior to heading
to the airport.
Flight Status and Changing Travel Plans
on flights to, from or through the affected areas through August
30, may reschedule their itinerary with a one-time date or time
change, and airlines will waive the change fees. Customers may request
a refund in the original form of payment for canceled flights. Complete
details and eligible travel dates are available at united.com
and most convenient way to change travel plans is via united.com
or continental.com. Customers should continue to manage their reservations
on the respective carrier's website from which they purchased their
ticket. Customers may also book a new reservation, change an existing
reservation or check flight status by calling United Reservations
at 800-UNITED-1 or Continental Reservations at 800-525-0280 or their
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D.C. United and Continental are members of Star Alliance, which
offers more than 21,200 daily flights to 1,185 airports in 185 countries.
United and Continental's more than 80,000 employees reside in every
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Tips After a Hurricane Strikes
and USFA Warn About Deadly Dangers That Can Linger After Hurricane
-- The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and
U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) are warning residents in hurricane-impacted
areas about the deadly dangers that can remain even after Hurricane
Consumers need to be especially careful during a loss of electrical
power, as the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning and fire increases
at that time.
to power lights, to keep food cold or to cook, consumers often use
gas-powered generators. CPSC and USFA warn consumers NEVER to use
portable generators indoors or in garages, basements or sheds. The
exhaust from generators contains high levels of carbon monoxide
(CO) that can quickly incapacitate and kill.
create your own disaster in the aftermath of a storm," said
CPSC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum. "Never run a generator in or
right next to a home. Carbon monoxide is an invisible killer. CO
is odorless and colorless and it can kill you and your family in
nearly 600 generator-related CO deaths have been reported to CPSC.
CPSC is aware of an annual average of 81 deaths due to carbon monoxide
poisoning from generators in recent years. The majority of the deaths
occurred as a result of using a generator inside a home's living
space, in the basement or in the garage.
know from experience as victims try to recover from disasters, they
will take unnecessary risks with candles, cooking and generators.
These risks often result in additional and tragic life safety consequences,"
said Deputy U.S. Fire Administrator Glenn A. Gaines. "When
you consider the challenges faced by firefighters and their departments
to also recover from the same disasters, it is important that all
of us remember even the simplest of fire safety behaviors following
disasters of any type."
Do not put
your family at risk. Follow these important safety tips from CPSC
and USFA in the aftermath of a storm.
Never use a generator inside a home, basement, shed or garage even
if doors and windows are open. Keep generators outside and far away
from windows, doors and vents. Read both the label on your generator
and the owner's manual and follow the instructions. Any electrical
cables you use with the generator should be free of damage and suitable
for outdoor use.
Grills and Camp Stoves
Never use charcoal grills or camp stoves indoors. Burning charcoal
or a camp stove in an enclosed space can produce lethal levels of
carbon monoxide. There were at least seven CO-related deaths from
charcoal or charcoal grills in 2007.
Install carbon monoxide alarms immediately outside each sleeping
area and on every level of the home to protect against CO poisoning.
Change the alarms' batteries every year.
and Gas Safety
Stay away from any downed wires, including cable TV feeds. They
may be live with deadly voltage. If you are standing in water, do
not handle or operate electrical appliances. Electrical components,
including circuit breakers, wiring in the walls and outlets that
have been under water should not be turned on. They should be replaced
unless properly inspected and tested by a qualified electrician.
gas or propane valves that have been under water should be replaced.
Smell and listen for leaky gas connections. If you believe there
is a gas leak, immediately leave the house and leave the door(s)
open. Never strike a match. Any size flame can spark an explosion.
Before turning the gas back on, have the gas system checked by a
Use caution with candles. If possible, use flashlights instead.
If you must use candles, do not burn them on or near anything that
can catch fire. Never leave burning candles unattended. Extinguish
candles when you leave the room.
fire departments and state and local health and safety agencies
can download CPSC's generator safety posters, door hangers and CO
safety publications at CPSC's CO Information Center or order free
copies by contacting CPSC's Hotline at (800) 638-2772. Download
USFA's publications on disasters and fire safety and other safety
issues at www.usfa.dhs.gov.
Source: U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission