Raleigh, N.C. —North Carolina’s electric cooperative officials are monitoring Hurricane Sandy, which could bring high winds and rain to North Carolina’s coastal communities before making landfall in the mid-Atlantic, creating the potential for power outages all along the east coast. North Carolina’s electric co-ops stand ready to restore power in and out of state should outages occur in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.
When severe weather causes outages, electric cooperative line crews begin working immediately to restore service in a safe and efficient manner. Electric cooperative members should make sure they have their electric cooperative’s outage reporting phone number available. The outage reporting phone numbers for the state’s 26 electric cooperatives, and comprehensive storm and electric safety information can be found at www.ncelectriccooperatives.com/storm/outages.htm.
Now is the time to prepare an emergency kit that includes non-perishable food and bottled water, a flashlight, radio, batteries and any other items necessary for getting through a power outage. Remember to NEVER touch a fallen power line; fallen lines can be energized, and touching them could result in serious injury or even death.
North Carolina’s electric cooperatives serve approximately 2.5 million people in 93 of the state’s 100 counties.