Jersey Central Power & Light is bringing in additional work crews in advance of the winter storm. The storm is forecast to drop a foot or more of snow in North Jersey beginning Friday afternoon.
JCP&L President Don Lynch will hold a press conference in Dover on Friday at 10 a.m. to discuss the company’s preparation work in detail.
JCP&L customers blasted the utility company in the days following Superstorm Sandy. Thousands of area residents were without power for more than a week after the storm.
All available work crews and support personnel will work around the clock, if necessary, to restore service to customers who lose power due to Nemo, the company announced Thursday night. More than 100 work crews from FirstEnergy's Ohio Edison, The Illuminating Company and Toledo Edison were expected to arrive in New Jersey Thursday night.
The additional FirstEnergy crews are being dispatched to Dover and Newton, where the snow is expected to be the most severe. Two different types of personnel, hazard crews and line crews, will assist JCP&L personnel, if needed. Hazard crews will be assigned to make “areas safe during hazard conditions,” which includes securing downed wires. Line crews will help restore service.
Tree crews will be available to restore power to affected areas. JCP&L announced it will also hire additional tree contractors to assist in restoring power.
The company will communicate with emergency management and state and local officials during the storm.
Patch will update this story on Friday as more details become available.