State Emergency Operations Center Update
Wednesday November 26, 2014 7:45 AM
Rain is forecast to change to snow for locations in the northern half of New Jersey by early afternoon. Snow may be heavy at times before the end of the day, with totals over 10” possible in NW NJ. Areas south and east will experience rain, with potential for some snow accumulation. Winds may gust to 25 mph, with gale force winds offshore.
Heavy, wet snow in locations north and west, as well as gusty winds statewide may result in downed tree limbs and/or power lines. Ponding may occur in areas of heavy rainfall. Travelers should be aware that sleet and freezing rain might occur along with snowfall, and transportation will be impacted throughout the day.
National Weather Service information concerning upcoming weather event for Wednesday November 26th
•Details are as follows:
•Low pressure is forecast to develop over the eastern Gulf of Mexico tonight. The low is expected to intensify as it tracks north northeastward along the East Coast. The center of the low is anticipated to pass just east of Delaware and New Jersey late Wednesday before reaching New England and its coastal waters late Wednesday night.
•Precipitation is forecast to overspread our region from the south on Wednesday morning. Precipitation is expected to be rain during the daylight hours on Wednesday from the Interstate 95 corridor southeastward and mainly snow at locations well to the northwest. The rain-snow line is anticipated to move southeastward on Wednesday night with the rain changing to snow along the Interstate 95 corridor. The precipitation is forecast to end late Wednesday night.
•Snowfall amounts of 2 to 5 inches are possible to the northwest of the Interstate 95 corridor from Wednesday into Wednesday night, with 5 to 10 inches expected further inland and over higher terrain.
•Precipitation from this event, both rain and snow, will negatively impact the busy holiday travel period from Wednesday into Wednesday night.
•Northerly winds are forecast to increase to 10 to 20 mph on Wednesday with gusts to 25 or 30 mph possible.
•Gale force wind gusts are expected on the coastal waters of New Jersey and Delaware from Wednesday into Wednesday night.
•Given the speed of this storm and timing of the lunar cycle, tidal flooding is NOT expected to be a major problem during this event, but spotty minor flooding is possible at the times of high tide on Wednesday.
• Please monitor the National Weather Service website at www.weather.gov/PHI for the latest updates and changes.
JCP&L Utility Scam Alert
A recent scam involves a caller posing as an electric company employee threatening to shut off power unless an immediate payment is made, using a pre-paid debit card such as a Green Dot card. These pre-paid cards are available at convenience stores and drug stores, and customers can use them to pay bills or add money to online accounts. JCP&L does not endorse the use of Green Dot cards as a bill payment method. If a customer receives a call from someone demanding payment of their electric bill by using a Green Dot card, they are being scammed and should report the crime to local authorities. Although JCP&L representatives sometimes do call customers to remind them that a payment is past due, they explain how a payment can be made using one of the following established payment options: • Direct Debit • Automated Phone Payment - 1-866-569-4770 • Authorized Payment Location - www.firstenergycorp.com/forms/paymentagencies • Mail Any customer who has doubts about a call from someone claiming to be from JCP&L, especially one demanding immediate payment, should call JCP&L’s customer service number at 1-800-662-3115. For more information, visit www.firstenergycorp.com/paymentoptions.
PSE&G is once again urging customers to be vigilant to a telephone scam where callers threaten to shut off electric or gas service if payment is not made that day.
The scam, which has been reported across the country, involves payments using Green Dot MoneyPaks, and currently seems to be targeting customers in Mercer County. (PSE&G alerted the public to a similar scam several times in 2013.)
how does the scam work?
- Individuals pretending to be PSE&G employees call customers and demand that they make payment within hours using a Green Dot Money Pak, a type of pre-paid card.
- Customers are told to purchase a Green Dot MoneyPak at a pharmacy or convenience store, use cash to put money on to the card, and then provide the number on the card to the person who called them.
- Customers are advised that if they do not immediately call back and provide the MoneyPak information, their gas/electric service will be shut off that day.
- Typically, after the customer provides that MoneyPak number, the scammer transfers the funds to a prepaid card, and cashes it in at an ATM.
what should customers know?
- Customers should be wary of callers who demand immediate payment and threaten service termination.
- PSE&G does not accept Green Dot Money Pak cards. PSE&G offers a variety of payments options, and would never require a customer to use one specific type of payment.
- When PSE&G makes an outbound phone call to customers, customer-specific information is shared with the customer. That information includes the account name, address, number and current balance. If customers do not receive this correct information, they likely are not speaking with a PSE&G representative.
- Any customer who has doubts about the legitimacy of a call from PSE&G — especially one in which payment is requested — should call PSE&G directly at 1-800-436-PSEG (7734).
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