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PSEG WARNS: High winds, severe thunderstorms and possible hail/tornado

PSE&G is prepared for high winds, severe thunderstorms, and threats of hail and tornadoes expected this afternoon through evening. Winds of up to 65 mph are expected. These conditions can cause tree branches to snap and wires to drop, causing outages.

“With a cold front encountering sticky warm air, we are expecting a mixed bag across New Jersey and we have personnel on hand to respond in the safest and fastest way possible,” said Jack Bridges, Vice President, Electrical Operations for PSE&G. “We encourage our customers to be prepared, to stay indoors if possible and to report their breakdowns to us.”

PSE&G has additional personnel on standby and is performing system and logistics checks to ensure availability of critical materials, fuel and other supplies. PSE&G prepares year-round for extreme weather conditions 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 customers and employees is the company’s top priority. We ask customers to stay at home while teams work nearby. If customers must speak to our crews, we ask that they practice responsible physical distancing and stay at least 6 feet apart to help ensure the health of everyone involved. For more information on how PSE&G continues to deliver on its commitments during the pandemic, please visit pseg.com/COVID19. PSE&G thanks our customers for their patience as we restore power safely as quickly as possible.

Customers should be prepared, be cautious, and remain aware of their surroundings during and after storms. See storm preparedness tips at https://nj.pseg.com/safetyandrelability/stormsafety.

Customer security:

  • Dropped wires should always be considered “live”. Stay at least 30 feet away from downed wires and do not approach the post or anything touching the line. Immediately contact PSE&G, at 1-800-436-PSEG (7734) through our mobile app or website, to report fallen wires and call 911 if an immediate danger exists.
  • Electrical current easily passes through water, so stay away from fallen electrical wires. Do not drive or stand near fallen cables.
  • Fallen wires can potentially be hidden in standing water. If you come across large pools of standing water, stop, back up, and choose another path.
  • To prevent carbon monoxide poisoning, do not operate gas-powered generators in a garage or other enclosed area.
  • If you are using life support medical equipment, please have a backup plan in the event of a power outage and be sure to 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 restore times, crew locations and more.
  • Sign up for MyAlerts to receive SMS notifications at pseg.com/outagecenter.
  • Report an outage and receive status updates by texting 4PSEG (47734). You can also report your outage through our app, website at pseg.com/myaccount or with your voice using Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant.[i] app on your smartphone.

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