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Posted on: January 22, 2017

[ARCHIVED] High Wind Warning

The National Weather Service has issued a High Wind Warning.

Sustained winds of 25 to 35 MPH with gusts up to 60 MPH have been forecast to impact the area on Monday, January 23rd.

As damaging winds have the potential to blow down trees and power lines, the Office of Emergency Management would like to remind residents of the following:

Downed Power Lines

Please report a downed line to JCP&L immediately by calling 1-888-544-4877 (1-888-LIGHTSS)

  • Touching a power line can cause serious injury or death. You can't tell by looking whether a line is "live" or "hot" or not. Even if a downed line isn't actively sparking, always assume it is carrying electricity.
  • Stay more than 30 feet away from downed power lines
  • Don't walk or drive near or over a downed line and watch out for anything touching the line
  • If a wire falls on a vehicle, passengers should stay inside until help arrives

If you see a power line on the ground or hanging lower than normal:

  • Don't go near the wire, the pole or anything the wire is touching. Always assume a downed wire is carrying electricity, which can severely injure or kill you.
  • Call JCP&L immediately through the Outage Reporting Line, 1-888-LIGHTSS (1-888-544-4877) and select the option to report a downed power line. (Note: please use this option only if you actually see a downed wire. Do not assume that because your power is out there must be a wire down somewhere.)
  • Warn others to stay away until help arrives. Keep pets away, too.

Other tips for staying safe around downed power lines

If a downed line is near water - even a small puddle - keep well away.

Be careful not to stand under damaged tree limbs or power lines. Tree limbs can become weakened during a storm but not fall until several hours or days later. The same can be true for damaged power lines or poles.

Don't drive over downed power lines.

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