Metropolitan Edison had positioned approximately 290 line workers, 260 hazard responders, 430 forestry contractors and additional 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 up to a foot of wet, heavy snow to portions of Met-Ed's service area Friday evening and into Saturday.

Additional crews from FirstEnergy Corp. utilities Penn Power, Mon Power, Potomac Edison, Ohio Edison, The Illuminating Company, and Toledo Edison and outside contractors had arrived in eastern Pennsylvania to assist Met-Ed with anticipated restoration activities. The additional personnel and equipment had been strategically concentrated in the eastern and northern areas of Met-Ed's service territory where the storm was forecast to have the greatest impact. Met-Ed crews also were prepared to respond to issues that may occur in other areas as well.

"Met-Ed'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 Mike Doran, president, Met-Ed. "We will be in close contact with emergency management, state and local officials and regulators to share information on our preparation and restoration activities."