RALEIGH, N.C. (Oct. 11, 2018) – North Carolina’s electric cooperatives are keeping a close eye on conditions as Tropical Storm Michael moves across the state, and crews are responding to outages as conditions allow them to do so safely.
While the storm is still expected to have less overall impact than Hurricane Florence, Michael’s wind and rain could bring down trees and power lines in areas where the ground is already saturated, resulting in power outages.
Currently, North Carolina’s co-ops are reporting a total of more than 51,000 outages affecting areas across the state, with many of them concentrated in Union, Iredell, Mecklenburg and Davie counties. Real-time power outage totals and locations can be viewed on our Statewide Outage Map, and cooperative members should report outages to their local co-op.
Cooperatives urge North Carolinians to put safety first and never go near or drive over fallen or damaged power lines. Always assume these lines are energized and dangerous, and alert your utility provider immediately.
For more storm-related information and safety tips, go to ncelectriccooperatives.com/outages-and-safety/.
North Carolina’s 26 electric cooperatives collectively serve approximately 2.5 million people in 93 of the state’s 100 counties. For more information, visit ncelectriccooperatives.com.