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February 8, 2017

MET-ED ADVISES TO PREPARE FOR WINTER STORM

It looks as though Mother Nature is going to make good on Punxsutawney Phil’s prediction as our first major snowfall is heading this way.

Met-Ed is preparing for the snow event expected to move into our service area late tonight and into Thursday.  FirstEnergy’s meteorologists have been closely monitoring the prediction models which are now predicting 6″- 9″ inches of snowfall with the potential for snowfall totals to be in the range of 9″ – 12″.  Wind gusts may reach 25 – 30 mph.

Met-Ed will have line, dispatch and forestry crews in all areas overnight with additional crews and support staff onboard in the morning.

Customers who experience an interruption in their electric service are advised to call 1-888-LIGHTSS (1-888-544-4877) to report their outage or click the “Report Outage” link on our website www.firstenergycorp.com.  Downed power lines should immediately be reported to Met-Ed or the local police or fire department. We want to remind our customers to never go near a downed power line, even if they think it is no longer energized. Just because it’s not sparking does not mean it is dead. Don’t try to remove trees or tree limbs from power lines. Wait for utility crews to arrive.

Below is a list of helpful tips for our customers to prepare for power outages. Updates on current outages, FirstEnergy’s storm restoration process and additional tips for staying safe are provided on our 24/7 Power Center website at www.firstenergycorp.com/outages.

We want to remind all of our customers to be prepared in the event of an outage. Some steps they can take include:
·        Keep a flashlight and extra batteries handy. Use care when burning candles; open flames are a fire hazard.
·        If you have a water well and pump, keep an emergency supply of bottled water and/or fill your bathtub with fresh water.
·        Stock an emergency supply of convenience foods that do not require cooking.
·        Keep a battery-powered radio with extra batteries on hand.
·        Make sure cell phones and devices are fully charged to ensure you have access to online information sources.
·        If you have a back-up generator, be sure you know how to use it safely.