Jersey Central Power & Light had positioned more than 770 line workers, 500 hazard responders, 480 forestry workers and 600 support personnel to respond to possible outages following the winter nor'easter, which began moving into the state Friday morning. The storm was expected to bring accumulations of wet, heavy snow exceeding 12 inches in portions of JCP&L's northern region Friday evening and into Saturday.

Additional crews from FirstEnergy Corp. sister utilities Ohio Edison, The Illuminating Company and Toledo Edison and outside contractors had arrived in New Jersey to assist JCP&L with anticipated restoration activities. The additional personnel and equipment had been strategically concentrated in the Morris and Sussex County areas, where the storm was forecast to have the greatest impact. JCP&L crews also were prepared to respond to issues that may occur in other portions of its service territory.

"JCP&L's emergency operations center is in full operation, and our crews are poised and ready to work round-the-clock in 16-hour shifts to restore power to every customer should the nor'easter storm cause service interruptions," said Don Lynch, president, JCP&L. "We will be in close contact with emergency management officials, state officials, regulators and town officials throughout the storm to share information on our preparation and restoration activities."