(WOIO) - With severe summer storms predicted across much of the Midwest Thursday, FirstEnergy Corp. utilities Ohio Edison, The Cleveland Electric Illuminating Company, Toledo Edison, Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L), Metropolitan Edison (Met-Ed), Pennsylvania Electric Company (Penelec), West Penn Power, Pennsylvania Power, Mon Power and Potomac Edison have started mobilizing employees and resources should the storm impact customers' electric service.
The high winds - forecast to be in excess of 60 mph in some regions - have the
potential to cause significant damage to the electrical system.
All FirstEnergy utilities are on high alert and continue preparations to mobilize employees and resources, as needed, from throughout FirstEnergy's 10 utilities to assist in storm restoration activities in the hardest-hit areas.
For up-to-date information on the company's restoration efforts, current outages,
FirstEnergy's storm restoration process and tips for staying safe, go to
During significant service interruptions, outage information is also available via
the company's Twitter accounts.
Reporting an Outage
· If your lights go out, contact your local electric utility to report an outage by
calling the automated reporting line at 1-888-LIGHTSS (1-888-544-4877).
· Immediately report downed wires to your electric company or local police or
fire department. Never go near a downed power line, even if you think it's no
longer carrying electricity.
· Don't try to remove trees or tree limbs from power lines. Wait for utility
crews to arrive.
Safety Tips During Outages
· Keep flashlights and fresh batteries in your home. Avoid using candles to
light your home, especially around children and pets.
· Make sure you have fresh batteries in a portable radio so you can stay tuned to
your local radio station for updates on our progress to restore power.
· Emergency power generators offer an option for customers needing or
wanting uninterrupted service. However, to ensure the safety of the home's
occupants as well as that of utility company employees who may be working
on power lines in the area, the proper generator should be selected and
installed by a qualified electrician.