Atlantic City Electric Preps for March Winter StormLast Edited:
Last weekend’s storm affected about 79,000 Atlantic City Electric customers, and now the power company is gearing up for what’s to come.
“Due to the high winds, it did cause extensive damage through portions of our service territory, specifically in Salem, Cumberland, and Gloucester counties,” said Frank Tedesco, a spokesperson for Atlantic City Electric. “So we literally had to rebuild that infrastructure to restore that final customer.”
Crews with Atlantic City Electric have been busy addressing infrastructure upgrades and enhancements that were needed after the heavy winds from this weekend.
As they prepare for this week’s anticipated storm, there’s a different culprit that could cause power outages.
“In addition to the high winds, heavy, wet snow could be an issue because it’ll lay on the tree limbs, which will snap and fall onto our infrastructures,” said Tedesco.
If you happen to lose power during tomorrow’s expected storm, Atlantic City Electric customers can log onto the company's app and onto the outage map, to see what else is going on in their area, as well as receive an expected time for when power will be restored.
“Through the mobile app you can track your outage, you can get real-time estimates of restoration when service is expected to be restored,” said Tedesco. “Sometimes we may suspend estimated times of restoration as we’re assessing the damage.”
So although you might notice the estimated time change throughout the day, Atlantic City Electric has all hands on deck, with 270 internal linemen and contractors, and over 100 tree crew personnel standing by.
“We do have our crews in the field, our contractors are monitoring the weather, but we’re prepared for this weather event,” said Tedesco. “But we do encourage customers, do be prepared for the possibility that power may go out.”
Tedesco urges residents to be prepared for the possibility of an outage by having nonperishable food and bottled water on hand.
If you do need to leave your home, be aware of what’s around you.
“We encourage folks to please stay away from any down wires and report any down wires you may see,” said Tedesco. “Always assume a down wire is energized.”
To report down wires, outages, or any other issues, call Atlantic City Electric at 1-800-833-7476.
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