RALEIGH, N.C. – North Carolina’s electric cooperatives are down to 2,900 outages caused by the winter storm.
The largest number of outages remains in Columbus County with 1,160 customers without power. Bladen County has 710 outages and Brunswick County has approximately 600 outages. The remaining outages are scattered throughout the southeastern part of the state.
In the event of an outage, an alternate heating source—such as a fireplace, propane space heater, or wood stove—may be used, but extreme caution should be taken. Do not use charcoal or a gas-powered oven for heating. If you use a portable generator to power a heating source, be sure the generator is located outside your house for proper ventilation. Do not use a generator in an attached garage.
Follow the manufacturer’s directions for operating the generator. A list of outage reporting numbers for each of North Carolina’s 26 electric cooperatives can be found at www.ncelectriccooperatives.com/co-ops/coopList.htm.
North Carolina’s electric cooperatives serve more than 2.5 million people in 93 of the state’s 100 counties.