Hurricane Sandy ranks as the most damaging event FirstEnergy has faced thus far. The storm affected more customers than Hurricane Irene combined with an October 2011 snowstorm, and more than twice as many customers as last summer's derecho (a straight-line windstorm associated with a fast-moving band of severe thunderstorms). In fact, FirstEnergy considered this storm along the same order as Hurricane Katrina's magnitude. By the time the winds died down and the floodwaters receded, ...

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