Friday, March 15, 2013
Utility installing components at operations center in Morristown.
Friday, March 15
JCP&L is taking steps to improve its ability to communicate with first responders during a large-scale emergency. The utility will install components of the New Jersey Preparedness Emergency Communication Network at its regional dispatching operations in Morristown and Red Bank, spokesman Ron Morano said Thursday. The facilities manage the daily work on the company's electrical system and provide coordination when repair crews are dispatched during widespread power outages. “Participating in this system will enhance our ability to share real-time critical information with our customers, communities and first responders during emergency situations,” JCP&L President Don Lynch said in a release. “Joining this system is one of the many things …
Sunday, November 18, 2012
Politicians have to make tough—perhaps expensive—decisions and need to start taking action.
It’s been three weeks since Superstorm Sandy blew through New Jersey, and past time to begin figuring out how to minimize losses the next time. Some solutions involve building; some, doing the opposite. Just as the attacks of Sept. 11 brought talk of rebuilding, there have been vows to restore the shore back to Oct. 28, 2012, as if nothing had happened. That would be a huge and costly mistake. It is not politically correct to say that at least some of what was destroyed should not be rebuilt. But it’s the truth. Barrier islands are aptly named. They are supposed to serve as barriers for the shoreline. When a major storm like Sandy or Irene hits, they will take the brunt of it and provide some measure of protection for the mainland. They …
Friday, November 9, 2012
Utility company expects most customers will be restored by Saturday evening.
Friday, November 9, 2012
An increase in manpower will help JCP&L restore most New Jersey outages by Saturday evening, according to a statement released Friday afternoon. An additional 1,200 line workers joined the nearly 7,000 workers already on the ground in New Jersey on Friday. After winter storm Athena caused JCP&L's power outage numbers to increase by more than 100,000 from Wednesday evening to Thursday morning, both the company and Gov. Chris Christie have said Sunday should bring the state's residents relief. JCP&L reported Friday at noon that 163,309 of its nearly 1.1 million customers were without power. However, that number dropped to 110,468 by Friday night at 10 p.m. Municipalities in Patch's coverage area in Morris, Somerset, Sussex, Passaic and …
Sunday, November 4, 2012
Substations which service power to the township require significant repairs.
Previous estimates from JCP&L of power restoration in Chatham Township were inaccurate, according to a statement from Township Mayor Nicole Hagner. "Unfortunately the numbers put up by JCP&L yesterday and published [through] Nixle were inaccurate. We are trying to get accurate numbers and locations through JCP&L," Hagner said. According to the outage map at the First Energy website, 2,680 homes in Chatham Township remain without power as of 10:30 p.m. Sunday. "Our main issue is that the Green Village substation and Traynor substation were substantially damaged, and primary lines feeding in [and] out are still being restored," Hagner said. Those two substations provide power to most of the township, and power cannot be restored until those …
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
'Everyone's overwhelmed,' said Jeffrey S. Paul, coordinator for the county Office of Emergency Management.
Tropical Storm Sandy knocked out power to about 87 percent of an electric company's customers in Morris County, the Morris County Office of Emergency Management coordinator said Tuesday. Along with the widespread power outages, a "tremendous amount of hazards" exist on roads throughout the county, and officials are encouraging the public to stay home so crews can address issues, including down trees, wires and utility poles, on main thoroughfares, said Jeffrey S. Paul, coordinator for the county OEM. "We did get hit pretty hard," Paul said. "Everyone's doing a great job. Certainly everyone's overwhelmed." Paul said Jersey Central Power & Light had about 170,000 customers in Morris County without power on Tuesday, including more than 20,000…
Monday, January 23, 2012
Chatham residents say power is out on Hillside, Hedges Avenues.
JCP&L reported under 500 Long Valley residents without power as of 3:08 p.m. Monday, but at least two Chatham residents report power outages as well. JudyAnn Hargrove of Hillside Avenue said JCP&L told her power should be restored by 4 p.m., but gave no indication as to why the power was out. Kristina Pasko of Hedges Avenue also said her power was out. John Anderson of JCP&L said a tree branch had fallen and blew a fuse box, affecting 130 customers along Hedges Avenue, Hillside Avenue, Summit Avenue, Main Street and Yale Street. According to Anderson, power was restored at approximately 1:45 p.m. The utility company does not know of outages unless customers report them. Anyone experiencing service interruptions can report it to JCP&L by …
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Anyone still without power is asked to contact JCP&L
UPDATE: Chatham Township Police said a power outage Tuesday morning has been fixed, and customers should now have their power restored. Police sent out a Nixle alert at 10:39 a.m. stating work crews had repaired the cause of the outage, which affected the "Southern Boulevard and River Road corridor." A Nixle alert released at 10:08 a.m. Tuesday said police have notified JCP&L of the outages and "there is no time estimate on restoration." The alert said crews were on their way. At 10:11 a.m., an outage map at the JCP&L website showed between 2,001 and 5,000 JCP&L customers without power in Chatham, but did not have a specific number. Police ask that any JCP&L customers experiencing an outage contact JCP&L at 1-888-LIGHTSS (1-888-544-4877). …
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Crews are on the scene, says a JCP&L spokesman.
Less than three weeks after an early winter snow storm knocked out the power in most of Chatham, the First Energy website shows Chatham customers reporting their power out Wednesday afternoon. Chatham Borough Council Member Bruce Harris said, "there's a transformer that's out on Van Doren [Avenue]." He also said the ECLC facility at Lum Avenue School also lost power, and likely more than one transformer is out. At approximately 6:30 p.m. Harris stated power was restored. A Nixle alert from the Chatham Township Police went out shortly before 5:45 p.m. The alert stated Fairmount Avenue was closed at Runnymede Road at Chatham Township due to a downed power line. A JCP&L spokesman told Chatham Patch that 1,456 Chathamites had reported power …
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Ice storm warning issued through Wednesday evening.
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
A JCP&L map shows an estimated 540 customers in Chatham are without power as of 1 p.m. Wednesday. A live wire was down on Hillside Avenue near Fair Mount Cemetery Wednesday afternoon. Residences on Floral Street in Chatham Township and around the intersection of Watchung and Lafayette Avenues reported their power out at approximately 11:30 a.m. Wednesday morning, hours after utility companies warned customers that the ice storm could cause outages. The second round of winter's latest storm is expected to produce as much as three-quarters of an inch of icy glaze by late Wednesday morning. The National Weather Service has lifted its winter storm warning and has issued an ice storm warning for the area through Wednesday evening. Heavy …
Friday, September 3, 2010
Jersey Central Power and Light crews fixed a fallen power line that caused outages on Friday afternoon.
UPDATED 1:46 p.m.: Power was restored to the Borough at 1:40 p.m. this afternoon following a downed power line which fell from a pole over the intersection of Fairmount Avenue and Watchung Avenue at approximately 12:15 p.m. The Borough Municipal Building on Fairmount Avenue was one of several places in town affected by the outage. The Municipal Building was without power for approximately two minutes before the generator kicked in. Most of Main Street was unaffected. The Township did receive calls from the Borough regarding the outage, but did not suffer any outages directly. Jersey Central Power and Light crews and Borough Police were on the scene within 30 minutes of the outage and predicted it would take at least an hour and a half to …