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Hurricane Joaquin Warning

HURRICANE JOAQUIN IS DEVELOPED AND MOVING THROUGH THE ATLANTIC TOWARDS THE BAHAMAS WHICH HAVE BEEN PUT IN A HURRICANE WARNING. THIS HURRICANE IS PREDICTED TO STRENGTHEN AS IT MOVES VERY SLOWLY ACROSS THE ATLANTIC. MANY WEATHER MODELS PREDICT AT THIS POINT IN TIME THAT WE COULD SEE A DIRECT OR CLOSE TO DIRECT HIT, BUT THE FORECASTS WILL BECOME CLEARER AS THE STORM MOVES CLOSER.

BE PREPARED FOR STRONG, DAMAGING WINDS, EXTREMELY HEAVY RAINFALL, MAJOR FLOODING ALONG STREAMS AND RIVERS, AND MAJOR COASTAL FLOODING.

IN PREPARATION, THE FOLLOWING RECOMMENDATIONS SHOULD BE HEEDED:

1. MAKE SURE YOU HAVE FRESH BATTERIES FOR FLASHLIGHTS.
2. MAKE SURE YOU HAVE BOTTLED WATER ON HAND.
3. CLEAN YOUR RAIN GUTTERS.
4. IF YOU HAVE A STORM DRAIN ON YOUR STREET, MAKE SURE IT IS NOT BLOCKED BY LEAVES, DEBRIS, ETC…
5. BRING IN ALL OUTDOOR FURNITURE, TOYS, AND TOOLS.
6. AVOID FLOODED ROADS; DO NOT TRY TO DRIVE THROUGH THEM.

IF A POWER OUTAGE OCCURS:

• CUSTOMERS WITHOUT POWER SHOULD CONTACT PECO AT 1-800-841-4141. THE MORE CUSTOMERS WHO CALL TO REPORT AN OUTAGE, THE MORE EFFECTIVELY PECO CAN DISPATCH CREWS AND RESTORE SERVICE. THE COMPANY’S AUTOMATED TELEPHONE SYSTEM CAN QUICKLY RECORD YOUR OUTAGE, ALLOWING OUR CUSTOMER CARE REPRESENTATIVES TO REMAIN AVAILABLE TO HANDLE REPORTS OF DANGEROUS SITUATIONS. 


• STAY AWAY FROM DOWNED WIRES, DAMAGED ELECTRIC EQUIPMENT, AND TREE LIMBS AND BRANCHES CONTACTING ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT. ALWAYS ASSUME PECO’S EQUIPMENT IS ENERGIZED – EVEN IF THERE IS AN OUTAGE IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD. REPORT THESE DANGEROUS CONDITIONS TO PECO IMMEDIATELY.


• TURN OFF AND UNPLUG APPLIANCES AND OTHER DEVICES TO PREVENT POSSIBLE DAMAGE. REMEMBER TO KEEP ONE LIGHT ON SO YOU KNOW WHEN SERVICE HAS BEEN RESTORED.


• KEEP REFRIGERATOR AND FREEZER DOORS CLOSED AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE. MOVE MEATS, CHEESE, MILK, ETC. INTO THE FREEZER TO STAY COLDER LONGER. A PARTIALLY FULL FREEZER CAN KEEP FOOD FROZEN FOR UP TO 24 HOURS, AND UP TO 48 HOURS WHEN FULL.


• CUSTOMERS WITH GENERATORS SHOULD NEVER CONNECT THEM DIRECTLY TO HOME WIRING OR PLUG THEM INTO HOUSEHOLD OUTLETS. GENERATORS CONNECTED TO HOME WIRING CAN ‘BACK FEED’ INTO PECO’S ELECTRIC DELIVERY SYSTEM, RISKING SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH TO PECO CREWS. GENERATORS SHOULD ALWAYS BE PLACED OUTSIDE TO PREVENT CARBON-MONOXIDE POISONING.

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