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North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives Stand Ready to Respond to Winter Weather

  • North Carolina’s 26 electric cooperatives are monitoring weather conditions and are prepared to respond quickly if power outages occur.
  • While the eastern and central regions of the state are expected to be most impacted by the winter storm, cooperatives across the state are on high alert.
  • Cooperative members are urged to connect with their local electric cooperative and take steps to prepare for the storm. Watch this video for winter storm safety tips.

RALEIGH, N.C. (Wednesday, Jan. 3, 4:30 p.m.) — North Carolina’s electric cooperatives are monitoring weather conditions and are prepared to respond quickly if power outages occur as a result of the approaching winter storm.

Snow, ice and strong winds are predicted in the eastern and central regions of the state tonight and tomorrow. Those conditions can lead to power outages, especially if tree branches fall onto power lines. If outages occur, line crews are in place and will be ready to restore power as soon as it is safely possible.

While the eastern and central regions are expected to be most impacted by storm conditions, cooperatives across the state are on high alert, and crews are on standby to travel to assist with power restoration.

Cooperative members are encouraged to prepare for winter weather. Stock an emergency preparedness kit with food, water, medicines and first-aid supplies, blankets and flashlights. Charge cell phones and back-up power banks now, and connect with your local electric cooperative to stay aware of the latest information before, during and after the storm. Watch this video for more winter storm safety tips.

Electric cooperative members are asked to report power outages or any dangerous situations caused by the storm to their local electric cooperative. For outage reporting phone numbers and the counties served by each co-op, refer to ncelectriccooperatives.com/storm/outages.htm.

North Carolina’s 26 independent electric cooperatives provide power to more than 2.5 million people in 93 of the state’s 100 counties, primarily in rural areas.

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