FirstEnergy is preparing for the possible impact of severe storms that are predicted to hit parts of its service area Wednesday evening, which includes the Mahoning Valley, and continuing through Thursday.
Current forecasts anticipate the most severe weather could occur in Ohio, western Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Maryland.
FirstEnergy has implemented its storm preparation process as a result of the weather forecasts.
Company-wide conference calls have been held, which include reviewing line, hazard, dispatch and forestry crew staffing needs, and forestry and electrical contractors have been notified they could be required to assist with storm restoration efforts over the next several days.
In addition, FirstEnergy has been in contact with utility mutual assistance groups to determine if outside utility crews would be available to assist, if needed.
FirstEnergy customer call centers will be fully staffed. Customers who are without power are encouraged to call 1-888-LIGHTSS (1-888-544-4877) to report their outage or use FirstEnergy’s smart phone technology.
For a look at the possibility of severe weather in the Valley, click here.