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HURRICANE SANDY: JCP&L Says it Learned From Its Mistakes

Stresses storm may knock out power for 7-10 days


Jersey Central Power and Light (JCP&L) President Don Lynch says the company has learned from the mistakes it made from Hurricane Irene and is ready for Hurricane Sandy and the threat it poses to the state.

The company took heat when Hurricane Irene left many New Jersey towns without power for days - and, in some cases, weeks. Many thought JCP&L's response was too slow.

The biggest lesson learned is getting the information out to customers and municipalities as specifically, quickly and often as possible, Lynch said. The company wants its customers to know as much information as possible, he said.

"Just know that Jersey Central will be working hard day and night - we've already started, should that storm hit shore here and cause outages in our system," Lynch added.

Lynch reiterated that, if the storm is as severe as some meteorologists are predicting, that power could be out for some residents for anywhere from 7 to 10 days.

"We've been tracking it and and we are preparing for the worst and hoping for the best," Lynch said at a press conference in Union Beach Friday afternoon. "Our employees are on high alert."

Lynch said the effects of the storm could be greatest on Monday night, because of the effect the full moon could have on flooding. He said the storm could also bring 80 to 100 mile per hour winds that could topple trees and power lines.

"We are treating this as a major event," Lynch said.

Bryan October 26, 2012 at 09:01 PM
Hey listen anyone want go out & play with live wires in the rain? Didnt think soo its a tough job & they can only be in soo many places at one time
Duo Maxwell October 26, 2012 at 09:11 PM
I agree. If only they updated their system tho there wouldn't be as many problems. Keep the workers safe, but all the fat cats on top should, well I don't want anything bad to happen to them as long as they are left without power for 7 to 10 days too.
Monk October 26, 2012 at 09:30 PM
Electricity is overrated anyway.
Typical Obama Voter October 26, 2012 at 11:09 PM
Obama will protect us, you'll see. Republicans hate the earth and cause Global Warming with their big SUV's
Bryan October 26, 2012 at 11:32 PM
@ big liberal just like he protected our ambassitor in Lybia........ please tell me you are joking
frank rizzo October 27, 2012 at 12:16 AM
yeah bryan just like bush protected 3,000 americans in new york, washington and pennsylvania. republicans like romney , rush limbaugh and inhofe laugh at climate change. the laugh will be on them when this "frankenstorm" the second "storm of the century" we,ve had two years in a row has those like bryan sitting at home in his boxing shorts holding a candle. good luck with all of that.
ed crowley October 27, 2012 at 12:31 AM
What year was The Perfect Storm this sounds like a repeat? Ahundred years ago the storms had little effect on power lines. /
Typical Obama Voter October 27, 2012 at 12:35 AM
I hate people that don't belive in Global Warming. They are so dumb. We have never had hurricanes like this before. Ever. All of the bad hurricanes started when Bush was president and helped the big oil companies.
Fred October 27, 2012 at 12:53 AM
I can't wait for the weekend when all the morons go rushing around for food, gas and water that they don't need. Oh, let's not forget the mental midgets who all of a sudden think they need a generator, when they could have bought a 100 of them just last week. It's a lousy one day storm people. Live with it. Besides, most of you can forgo food for a few days just to lose some weight.
B October 27, 2012 at 01:06 AM
Love the "pro-active" way JCP&L is covering its collective @$$. It dropped the ball last time.
Mike Rath October 27, 2012 at 01:33 AM
So sayeth the Head Moron...
John Romano October 27, 2012 at 03:21 AM
....this don't happen when the power lines are UNDER the ground. They have number crunchers galore...and it's been determined that it's easier & cheaper to fix a mess ...than it is to take the necessary steps to prevent the mess.
John Romano October 27, 2012 at 03:25 AM
....actually....."a 100 yr storm" doesn't mean that it occurs ONLY ONCE in 100 years. A 100-year storm refers to rainfall totals that have a one percent (1%) probability of occurring at that location in that year. Encountering a "100-year storm" on one day does not decrease the chance of a second 100-year storm occurring in that same year or any year to follow. In other words, there is a 1 in 100 or 1% chance that a storm will reach this intensity in any given year.
Mark Richert October 27, 2012 at 04:40 PM
Below ground powerlines? Smart grid? In an area where the rulers allow the companies to take the money and run? Why would such a common sense measure ever even be considered?
Mattie October 27, 2012 at 04:59 PM
Well Here in Holiday City @Berkeley our power lines are underground... and in the nearly three years I've lived here we've had power outages - of varying lengths of time- no less than 5 times. That does include the 12-14 hr outage immediately following Irene about 14 months ago...but the rest were just due to big thunderstorms and who knows what else.
chris mazza October 27, 2012 at 06:20 PM
I don't care about storms I just care about being out of work for 3 days
f.r. mcgee October 30, 2012 at 04:31 PM
if they've learned from their mistakes then why is the power out? is this a tap-dance review or the power company we're talking about here?
Keith E October 30, 2012 at 07:23 PM
Whoa! Are you kidding??? The city is destroyed, the streets are full of sand, houses are gone and you expect your lights to come back on anytime soon? You need a serious wakeup call.
Keith E October 31, 2012 at 04:30 AM
Big Lib, I hope you are joking. Obama is a joke.... a bad joke that will thankfully be ending one week from today.
Keith E October 31, 2012 at 04:32 AM
OMG. Fred we can only pray that your house is the next one to burn. You sound like a moron of the highest degree.
nats November 03, 2012 at 10:29 PM
John E November 03, 2012 at 10:45 PM
100% of New Jersey customers are eligible to shop for their electric generation. Read this link: https://www.firstenergycorp.com/content/dam/supplierservices/files/faq/FAQ%20NJ%2010-2012.pdf
John E November 03, 2012 at 10:52 PM
Problem having a different supplier for electric is..they are using JCP& L lines,transmissions,sub-stations. So really you would still have to wait for repairs by JCP&L..the reason for switching to another electric supplier is to lower your bill "ONLY" if possible!
John E November 03, 2012 at 10:59 PM
Meant transformers..not transmissions.
nats November 04, 2012 at 03:29 PM
How can you change a supplier when the whole community has JCPL?
Mark Richert November 04, 2012 at 03:46 PM
Yes, somebody, that is one entity controls the distribution -- the power lines. The state of NJ needs to take over from these profiteering clowns. 7 to 10 days? I understand this storm was severe, however, communities far from the shore still have no power. When will the state of take away JCP&L's license to operate a utility? Frankly, I've owned cats who could have run a utility better than JCP&L.
John E November 04, 2012 at 03:47 PM
There are plenty of competitive supplier's you can have instead of JCP&L. Here is the list for JCP&L SERVICE TERRITORY link: http://www.state.nj.us/bpu/pdf/energy/shopping_forms/jcplterritory.pdf
John Romano November 04, 2012 at 03:49 PM
.....the "supplier" is only the producer or purchaser of the actual electricity. They may be able to get deals for lower cost. However....you still have it "delivered" to you via JCP&L infrastructure (wires, poles, transformers, substations) ....and therein lies the problem
John E November 04, 2012 at 03:57 PM
Correct John Romano..I did state that last night here at post- 6:52PM Saturday Nov 3rd.
S November 05, 2012 at 01:59 AM
Yeah right, learned from same mistake... 7 days without power. STILL without power. Tell that to my dead fish. JCP&L sucks, I will switch company at the first opportunity.


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