Power restored to 442,000 customers following early season snowstorm

Akron, Ohio – FirstEnergy Corp. utilities Jersey Central Power & Light, Metropolitan Edison, and Potomac Edison continue service restoration efforts following a severe snowstorm that left 782,000 customers without power in northern New Jersey, Maryland, West Virginia and across Pennsylvania.

Company crews from Ohio and western Pennsylvania were positioned in eastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey before the storm began and have been assisting crews throughout the outage event.

In addition, restoration efforts in less hard-hit utility service areas including West Penn Power, Penelec and Mon Power were completed overnight, and available crews are being transferred to New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania. The current outage totals by utility are as follows:

* JCP&L: 235,000, down from 370,000 total customers affected. 95 percent restoration by midnight Thursday, full restoration by midnight Friday.

* Met-Ed: 87,000, down from 262,000. 95 percent restoration by midnight Friday, remainder through upcoming weekend.

* Potomac Edison: 18,000, down from 116,000. Full restoration by midnight Wednesday.

All available crews are working to restore service and will continue around the clock in 16-hour shifts until the process is completed. FirstEnergy's restoration process is designed to restore power safely and efficiently for affected customers.

Crews are focused on responding to hazardous situations and high-priority damage locations, including the transmission and substation facilities that supply power for local distribution systems.

Priority is also given to hospitals, critical care and life support facilities, communications facilities, emergency response agencies and circuits serving the largest number of customers, followed by restoration of service to individual homes.

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