N.C. Electric Co-Ops Restore Power, Prepare for Round 2
October 29th, 2012
By Heather Vaughan
Sanford, N.C., October 29, 2012 – North Carolina’s electric cooperatives along
the coast, including Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative in Buxton, which was
most directly affected by Hurricane Sandy, worked quickly over the weekend and
into Monday morning to restore power outages caused by the storm. Most of the
electric cooperatives along the coast reported scattered outages; Cape Hatteras
Electric Cooperative, however, did have a major circuit go down as a result of
flooding. The cooperative is currently working to restore power to 500 consumers.
Efforts to fight Sandy are long from over. As she approaches our
neighbors to the North, seven employees of Central Electric are on standby in Virginia
at Central Virginia EMC to aid restoration efforts there.
In addition to severe weather on the
coast, North Carolina’s electric
cooperatives in the western part of the state are also on high alert.
Meteorologists predict a major wind and snow mix to hit the North Carolina mountains
later this week. In preparation for the incident, line crews are
double-checking equipment and supplies plus fueling their trucks. When severe weather causes outages, electric cooperative line crews
begin working immediately to restore service in a safe and efficient manner. Line crews
from unaffected areas are ready to help should the storm in the mountains cause
significant and widespread power outages. Some crews from southeastern
cooperatives have been pre-staged to assist western cooperatives should the
need arise. North Carolina’s electric cooperatives
serve approximately 2.5 million people in 93 of the state’s 100 counties.
In the meantime, Electric Cooperative
members should make sure they have an emergency kit that includes
non-perishable food and bottled water, a flashlight, radio, batteries and any
other items necessary for getting through a power outage; plus their electric
cooperative’s outage reporting phone number available. The outage reporting
phone numbers for the state’s 26 electric cooperatives, and comprehensive storm
and electric safety information can be found at www.ncelectriccooperatives.com/storm/outages.htm. Remember- NEVER touch a fallen power line; fallen lines can be
energized, and touching them could result in serious injury or even death.