FirstEnergy Prepares for Severe Winter Weather
January 18, 2019
FirstEnergy Utilities (FEU) service and support personnel are prepared to respond to outages caused by heavy snow, freezing rain and ice, and high winds forecast for the eastern U.S. this weekend.
Company meteorologists are monitoring Winter Storm Harper, a complex system that will affect our service areas in Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland and New Jersey. Harper’s severe weather is expected to hit the region on Saturday and Sunday. Some FirstEnergy areas could see more than 24 inches of snow, while others could experience freezing rain and significant ice accumulations along with high winds. In addition, heavy rains could cause flooding in parts of West Virginia and Maryland.
Our 10 electric operating companies are implementing storm response plans, which include arranging to bring in additional line, substation and forestry personnel, and additional dispatchers and analysts at regional dispatch offices, as required, based on the severity of the weather. The company also has been in contact with electrical contractors and electric industry mutual assistance organizations about the possibility of securing additional resources to assist with storm restoration efforts.
“We are monitoring the weather conditions closely and will deploy resources to the areas that could get hit the hardest,” said Sam Belcher, FEU president. “The goal of our planning efforts is to safely speed the outage restoration process and minimize any inconvenience our customers experience due to the weather.”
FirstEnergy’s 24/7 Power Center provides updated information on the company’s current outages.