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Stormwatch Information



Storm Watch


Prepare. Plan. Stay Informed.


RCN is preparing for the approaching storm. When major weather events threaten our area, we take extra measures to deploy a variety of technical resources: generators, fuel, fiber-optic cable and specialized tools to strategic locations near the potential path of the storm, so we can respond immediately to any damage.

Weather reports are predicting significant snow accumulations, high winds, blizzard conditions and below freezing temperatures over the next few days. Please be sure to take precautions, follow advisories and above all stay safe.

While RCN is taking additional measures to prepare, road closures and other travel restrictions may impact response times. Commercial power outages are also possible. Should you lose power to your home, cable services cannot be restored until commercial power is back up and running. We will be working around the clock to manage your service needs during this event.

Your safety and the safety of our team members are important to RCN. Please follow any travel and weather advisories. Visit this page for ongoing news and updates.


New York City

Blizzard warnings are in effect for Monday 1/26 through Tuesday 1/27 for New York City. Expected snowfall could range from 12 to 24”. Major roads will be shut down later today and RCN customer service centers will be closed tomorrow (1/27). All RCN customer appointments in New York planned for tomorrow (1/27) are being rescheduled.


Boston

Blizzard warnings are in effect for Monday 1/26 through Tuesday 1/27 for Boston. Expected snowfall could range from 2 to 3 feet. Major roads will be shut down later today and RCN customer service centers will be closed tomorrow (1/27). All RCN customer appointments in Boston planned for tomorrow (1/27) are being rescheduled.


Lehigh Valley PA, Philadelphia & Washington DC

Winter storm watches stretch from Lehigh Valley and Philadelphia through Albany, New York, and into much of northern New England. Washington, DC may also be affected. Several inches are predicted but impact is expected to be minimal. At this time, RCN operations are business as usual for Monday 1/26 and Tuesday 1/27 in these areas (subject to change as instructed by advisories or closures from government officials).



When To Contact Us




Your Situation


Do You Need To Contact Us?


You do not have electrical power at your home.

NO - your home TV, High Speed Internet and Voice services depend on electrical power.

You have electrical power at home and no one in your neighborhood has cable.

NO - we are already aware of and working to repair network outages.

You have electrical power, but do not have cable service and your neighbor’s cable is working.

YES - restoring the damage to your cable may require additional technical support. Contact Us

The cable that connects directly to your home (the service drop) is down.

YES - to restore your service the service drop must be repaired. Contact Us



Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)




Q: I have TV service but it goes in and out and the picture quality is not as good as usual.
A: Temporary fluctuations in your cable service may occur throughout the restoration period. You may experience brief losses of your cable services or degradation of picture quality as the power continues to be restored throughout the area.

Q: I do not currently have electrical power or TV, Internet or Voice services. Should I call to arrange for a service call?
A: If you DO NOT have electrical power restored to your home, you will not have cable services. You should not call for a service call until your electrical power at your home has been restored.

Q: Why did I lose my TV, Internet and Voice services and still have power?
A: While RCN’s facilities are generally located on the same poles as electric companies, the utilities are often fed from a different power source than the cable. There are different “distribution” points along the way. If one of these distribution points does not have commercial power, your cable will not work.

Q: My neighbor has TV, Internet and Voice services but I do not.
A: If you have electrical power at your home, but no TV, Internet or Voice service, please Contact Us. If you DO NOT have commercial power restored you will not have cable services.



Helpful Tips




Before the Storm

Be prepared and have an emergency plan in place. If you don’t have a plan and need help making one, visit http://www.ready.gov

Keep your RCN account information and our contact phone numbers handy. See Contact Us for more information.

Stay informed by listening to radio and TV bulletins and by reading our website updates.

Report any low-hanging cable lines before a storm.

After the Storm

Stay inside your home until your Emergency Center advises otherwise. Always remember to stay away from fallen wires.

Keep debris clear of cable pedestal.

We will keep you informed of restoration progress via Our Website, Facebook and Twitter as electricity is restored and updates are available.





Helpful Resources





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