N.C. Electric Cooperatives restoring 16,000 outages

Raleigh, N.C. —North Carolina’s electric cooperatives are working diligently to restore power to approximately 16,000 members who are without electricity as a result of the winter weather.

Restoring power quickly and safety to member is the cooperatives’ highest priority, and crews will continue to work until power is restored to every cooperative member. Line crews from less-impacted electric cooperatives are on their way to help those with more significant outages. The deployment of crews is part of a mutual-aid agreement shared among the nation’s nearly 1,000 electric cooperatives to help one another in times of emergency.

In many cases, outages are the result of heavy snow weighing down trees and bringing them in contact with power lines. Crews have made much progress since this morning, but as thawing occurs tree limbs can move and cause additional outages.

If you encounter a downed power, stay far away and report it immediately to your local electric cooperative or 911. Always assume that power lines are energized and dangerous. Co-op outage reporting numbers can be found here: http://ncelectriccooperatives.com/storm/outages.htm.

North Carolina’s electric cooperatives serve more than 2.5 million people in 93 of the state’s 100 counties.