MAYS LANDING, N.J. – As Atlantic City Electric works around the clock to restore power to the last customers who remain without power from last Saturday’s derecho (violent wind storm), it is also carefully monitoring the weekend forecast which is calling for more severe storms. Amidst record-breaking heat, the forecast is calling for more severe storms on Saturday and Sunday which may include damaging winds, lightning and hail.
Customers should be prepared for this weather and power outages that it may cause. Tree limbs are already weakened from last week’s storm and are vulnerable to further damage that may be caused by additional wind and rain. Atlantic City Electric is fully prepared to respond to the potential impacts of these forecasted weather conditions, and has a full complement of utility and contractor line crews and tree crews, as well as damage assessors on hand to address any outages. In addition, Atlantic City Electric retained mutual assistance crews from the past week’s restoration effort in anticipation of this weekend’s forecasted weather. These crews are ready to assist in another restoration effort should it be required.
If the southern New Jersey area does get hit with these potential storms, Atlantic City Electric will work with state and local emergency management agencies, if they are activated, to address concerns and priorities of the respective communities. “Our personnel, including both Atlantic City Electric and mutual assistance crews, have been working tirelessly for the last week in extreme, and often times dangerous conditions,” said Vince Maione, Atlantic City Electric Region President. “However, if called upon, we are ready to respond to another storm event. We appreciate our customers’ patience during these challenging times.”