Raleigh, N.C. —North Carolina’s electric cooperatives are reporting 14,475 outages, primarily in the central portion of the state, with Davidson, Durham, Orange and Wake counties being impacted most.
Heavy, wet snow can cause outages, as it can weigh down power lines and snap tree limbs. The electric cooperatives have been at work for hours restoring power, and significant progress is expected as the day continues.
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.
North Carolina’s electric cooperatives are monitoring conditions and responding to outages as quickly as possible. Electric cooperative members are asked to call their cooperative directly if they experience a disruption in power. For phone numbers to report outages and the counties served by each co-op, refer to 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.