Utilities Warn Hurricane Sandy Could Cause Power Outages Lasting A Week Or More

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Edison Electric Institute (EEI), the association of U.S. shareholder-owned electric companies, and its member companies are already taking steps to prepare for Hurricane Sandy, which forecasters are predicting may become the worst storm to hit the U.S. Northeast in 100 years.

Depending on the severity of the storm’s impact on the electrical system, customers are encouraged to prepare for the possibility of power outages lasting up to seven to 10 days by taking action before the storm occurs.

Meteorologists expect a powerful, damaging, multi-day storm with high winds, heavy precipitation, extreme tides and flooding across a wide portion of the east coast and mid-Atlantic. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration forecaster Jim Cisco noted: “We don’t have many modern precedents for what the models are suggesting.”

“With Hurricane Sandy predicted to strike as early as this weekend that could devastate the electric system for days, we urge customers to put safety first and be ready should severe weather reach their areas,” said Brian Wolff, EEI Senior Vice President. “EEI and its member utility companies understand that power outages of any duration are hugely disruptive to peoples’ lives, which is why we are preparing now for Hurricane Sandy, which forecasters are predicting may become the worst storm to hit the U.S. Northeast in 100 years. Many of our member companies have already begun the process of pre-mobilizing thousands of storm and field personnel, and calling upon extra workers and resources from all across the country to assist in order to restore service as quickly and safely as possible.”

On the EEI Storm Center site, utility customers can find safety tips, links to customers’ own electricity providers’ outage centers, real-time information and updates on storm preparation and restoration progress. http://www.eei.org/Pages/ma2.htm

 


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