10/11/18 | 4:30 pm TS Michael Update

Asheboro, N.C., October 10, 2018: 4:30 PM Update- Randolph Electric Membership Corporation crews are currently working to restore power to approximately 16,900 members as of 4:30 p.m. Thursday.Following a wall of heavy wind associated with Tropical Storm Michael,

outages are widespread across the cooperative’s entire five-county service territory, with the majority of outages in Randolph, Moore and Montgomery Counties. The latest outage information is available at https://outages.randolphemc.com.

“Crews are in the field and reporting several fallen trees, broken poles and downed spans of wire. We’re currently experiencing substation outages as a result of a Duke Energy transmission outage affecting our system,” said Dennis Mabe, vice president of engineering and operations. “We expect the high wind gusts to continue into the night before the storm’s remnants clear,” he added. 

Safety will remain a concern for our linemen as wind speeds and rain totals increase before eventually dying down later tonight; however, crews will continue to work as long as it’s safe to do so. Members who experience a power outage should report it by calling 1-877-736-2633 (1-877-REMC-OFF). 

It is important to remember that during storm-related outages, time estimations of power restoration will not be available. Cooperative members are thanked for their patience, and are reminded to exercise caution while power is being restored:

  • Never go near a downed power line or attempt to remove tree branches or other objects that are touching a power line. Always assume that power lines are energized and potentially deadly.
  • Do not drive through water and stay away from flooded areas. Power lines could be submerged and still energized.
  • Ensure that generators are properly connected.Do not connect a generator to your home’s electrical panel or fuse boxes. It may cause electricity to feed back into the power lines, which can endanger linemen and damage electric service facilities.
  • Make sure portable generators and charcoal grills are used in well-ventilated areas.