For Immediate Release
Atlantic City Electric is prepared for possible power outages
that may be caused by heavy rain, gusty winds and localized flooding forecasted
for today and continuing through the weekend. We are actively responding to scattered
outages along the barrier islands. Crews will continue to safely restore
service to customers as quickly as possible in these coastal communities that
are being impacted by strong winds and flooding.
The company is also continuing
to monitor the track of Hurricane Joaquin. Although the hurricane is not expected
to directly impact our region, the storm may produce some rain and gusty winds
throughout portions of Atlantic City Electric's service territory into early
City Electric has crews available 24 hours a day throughout the weekend to restore
any potential outages, but customers should be prepared for the possibility of
power outages. In addition to internal linemen, Atlantic City Electric has overhead
line contractors and tree crews available to assist in any restoration effort.
High winds can bring tree
limbs into contact with power lines causing interruptions. Heavy rain can
saturate soil and weaken tree root systems.
Particularly with full foliage, trees then are more vulnerable in high winds and can be uprooted and fall onto
power lines and equipment, causing power outages. Outages can also occur due to drivers skidding into utility
poles along wet, slippery roads.
is our No. 1 priority. We urge our customers to stay clear of working crews and
any wires hanging loose from poles or lying on the ground. Customers should
always assume that downed wires are energized and avoid them. Customers are
asked to immediately report a downed wire by calling 1-800-833-7476.
also ask customers to let us know if they lose their power. They can report
outages by calling 1-800-833-7476, visiting www.atlanticcityelectric.com
or through our mobile app, available for download at www.atlanticcityelectric.com/mobileapp. It's important that customers report their outages and
request a call back to verify their power has been restored.
Customers should check their emergency
supply kits and be prepared in case they do lose power. Emergency kits should
include a battery-powered radio or television, flashlight, a first-aid kit,
battery-powered or windup clock, extra batteries, special needs items and
medications, cash, an insulated cooler and a list of important and emergency phone numbers.
If using a
personal generator, never run it indoors or in an attached garage. Be sure to
place the generator outside
where deadly exhaust fumes will not enter into the home. Do not connect a
generator directly to the home's wiring. If a generator is plugged into the
electrical circuits of a home, power can back-feed into Atlantic City
Electric's lines, which can injure or kill utility workers fixing downed power
lines. It also can cause downed lines to re-energize.
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