Major winds, storms possible today after 1 p.m., and PSE&G says it’s prepared

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PSE&G is prepared for the high winds, severe thunderstorms and hail and tornado threats forecast for this afternoon into evening. Winds of up to 65 mph are expected. These conditions may cause tree limbs to break and pull down wires, causing outages.

“With a cold front meeting hot, sticky air, we’re expecting a mixed bag across New Jersey and we have personnel on hand to respond as safety and quickly as possible,” said Jack Bridges, vice president, Electric Operations for PSE&G. “We encourage our customers to prepare, stay indoors if possible and report their outages to us.”

PSE&G has additional personnel ready to respond, and is performing system and logistics checks to ensure the availability of critical materials, fuel and other supplies. PSE&G prepares year-round for extreme weather to maintain reliable service for our customers.

COVID-19-related storm processes have been adjusted to continue to keep the health and safety of employees and customers at the forefront.

The safety of PSE&G’s customers and employees is the company’s top priority. We ask that customers remain in their homes while crews are working nearby. If customers must speak with our crews, we ask that they practice responsible physical distancing, and remain at least 6 feet away to help ensure the health of everyone involved. For more information about how PSE&G continues to live up to its commitments during the pandemic, please visitpseg.com/COVID19. PSE&G thanks our customers for their patience as we safely restore power as quickly as possible.

Customers should prepare, be cautious and stay alert to their surroundings during and after storms. Review storm preparation tips at https://nj.pseg.com/safetyandreliability/stormsafety.

 Customer safety:

  • Downed wires should always be considered “live.” Stay at least 30 feet away from downed wires, and don’t go near the pole or anything touching the line. Immediately contact PSE&G, at 1-800-436-PSEG (7734) via our mobile app or our website, to report downed wires and dial 911 if an immediate hazard exists.
  • Electric current passes easily through water, so stay away from downed electrical wires. Don’t drive over – and don’t stand near – downed wires.
  • Downed wires can potentially be hidden in standing water. If you encounter large pools of standing water, stop, back up and choose another path.
  • To prevent carbon monoxide poisoning, do not run any gasoline-powered generators in a garage or any other enclosed space.
  • If you are on life-sustaining medical equipment, please have a backup plan in case of power loss and ensure that you alert PSE&G in advance and notify your local police and fire departments. For more information, visit www.pseg.com/life.

Stay connected:

  • Download the PSE&G mobile app to report outages and receive information on restoration times, crew locations and more.
  • Register for MyAlerts to receive text notifications at pseg.com/outagecenter.
  • Report an outage and receive status updates by texting OUT to 4PSEG (47734). You can also report your outage through our app, website at pseg.com/myaccount or with your voice using the Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant[i] app on your smartphone.

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