With power fully restored to all customers affected by Friday’s nor’easter, PSE&G is preparing for a second round of wintry weather that has the potential to bring down additional trees and power lines.
“Snow by itself normally doesn’t cause power outages,” said John Latka, PSE&G senior vice president of electric and gas operations. “But wind gusts and the heavy, soggy snow predicted for Wednesday could topple trees – already in a weakened state – and bring down nearby power lines with them. We also have some locations where we have made temporary repairs that won’t be permanently fixed in time for this next storm. Nevertheless, we will be prepared to respond as quickly and safely as possible.”
Latka said the snow could also cause motorists to veer off the road and strike utility poles. “We urge our customers to prepare for the storm today and stay off the road tomorrow, if possible,” he said.
PSE&G will have personnel ready to respond to any outages and emergencies beginning Tuesday night. The utility is also ensuring that additional supplies, including poles, transformers, and other pole-top equipment, are on hand. Employees work closely with county and municipal emergency management personnel to inform them of outages and expedite restoration efforts.
PSE&G urges its customers to be cautious during and after the storm:
- Downed wires should always be considered “live” – do not approach or drive over a downed line and do not touch anything that it might be in contact with.
- To prevent carbon monoxide poisoning, do not run any gasoline powered engine, including generators and snowblowers, in a garage or any other enclosed space
Customers should report downed wires or power outages by calling PSE&G’s customer service line at 1-800-436-PSEG. Customers can report outages at www.pseg.com or by texting “OUT” to 4PSEG (47734). PSE&G’s mobile-friendly website includes an “outage map” that is updated every 15 minutes and displays the location and status of power outages in PSE&G’s service area.