Crews from North Carolina’s electric cooperatives have worked through the day to restore power outages caused by Winter Storm Izzy. The cooperatives report 18,400 consumer-members without power as of 4 p.m. – a number that officials say could fluctuate if wind speeds increase.
“There is still some uncertainty with this storm,” said Lee Ragsdale, Senior Vice President of Energy Delivery for North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives. “Even though precipitation may be easing, the wind combined with the weight of ice on the trees can lead to more outages overnight.”
North Carolina’s electric cooperatives will remain on high alert, with crews addressing outages as quickly and safely as possible. Real-time outage information from electric co-ops across the state is available on this Statewide Outage Map.
Road conditions remain unsafe in many areas, and drivers are urged to use caution if they must be on the roads. Cars colliding into power poles can lead to additional outages. Additionally, please provide space for restoration crews to work crews safely.
If you see a downed power line, report it immediately to your local co-op or power utility. Under no circumstances should anyone approach, touch or drive over a fallen power line.
North Carolina’s electric cooperatives collectively serve approximately 2.5 million people in 93 of the state’s 100 counties. For more information and to find your local co-op, visit ncelectriccooperatives.com.