N.C. Electric Cooperatives Prepare for Potential Impacts of Hurricane Michael

RALEIGH, N.C. (Oct. 10, 2018) – North Carolina’s electric cooperatives are closely monitoring the path of Hurricane Michael and are ready to respond to any power outages. While the storm is expected to have less impact to our state 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.

Cooperative members should report outages to their local co-op. Up-to-date power outage totals can be viewed anytime on our Statewide Outage Map.

Some simple things you can do before the storm hits are:

  • Review your storm plan. Outline the emergency plan for your family. If you have any pets or livestock, include them in your plan.
  • Restock your emergency kit. While outages caused by Hurricane Michael are not expected to be prolonged, your emergency supply kit should always include a three-day supply of non-perishable food, water and medication, as well as any other items you might need in case of a power outage, such as a flashlight, radio and batteries. Make sure to replenish any items that were used during Hurricane Florence.
  • Charge your cell phone. This will allow you to stay connected to emergency and safety updates even if the power goes out.
  • Secure outdoor items, including tarps. Be aware that Michael’s strong winds may blow off tarps that are in place from Hurricane Florence. It’s also a good idea to store lawn furniture, decorations, toys, garbage cans and other items that can be brought indoors.

Co-op crews are also preparing for the storm and are poised to quickly restore any power outages as soon as conditions are safe.