For Immediate Release
LANDING, N.J. - Winter storm Jonas, bringing high winds and heavy snow, moved
into the region last night and is expected to continue through Sunday morning.
The storm caused significant damage in Atlantic, Cape May and Ocean counties, leaving
more than 40,000 Atlantic City Electric customers without power.
winds of 30 mph to 40 mph with gusts up to 60 mph along the coast have hampered
restoration efforts. Crews will assess damage and make repairs when they can
work safely. Significant flooding along the coast is also preventing access to
areas requiring repair and further delaying restoration. Critical customers who
need electricity for life support equipment are advised to seek shelter where
power is available."We're
keeping a close watch on the weather and wind speeds," said Vince Maione, Atlantic
City Electric region president. "We'll continue conducting a comprehensive
assessment which we'll use to strategically deploy crews. Crews will work
around the clock as safely and quickly as possible until every customer is
All Atlantic City Electric
employees have a second role during emergencies and will participate in the
restoration effort. Mutual assistance personnel
from other utilities have also been enlisted to assist in the restoration process.Atlantic City Electric will prioritize
its restoration effort by first addressing damage to its critical electric infrastructure
including transmission lines and substation equipment, as well as hospitals,
fire and police stations, water filtration plants. Next, crews repair main distribution lines
that serve the largest number of customers, followed by single customers in
The safety of our customers
and crews is paramount. Customers are urged to avoid working crews and to stay
away from all downed wires, even if they don't appear to be energized.
All outages and downed wires
should be reported to 1-800-833-7476, through www.atlanticcityelectric.com or through the mobile app,
available for downloading at atlanticcityelectric.com/mobileapp. Customers
should request a call back to verify their power has been restored.
Atlantic City Electric urges
its customers to prepare for potential power outages and act to ensure their
safety. Here are some tips:
information and updates, visit www.atlanticcityelectric.com. Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/atlanticcityelectric and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/acelecconnect. Our mobile app is available at www.atlanticcityelectric.com/mobileapp.