10/12/18 | 10:30 PM Update TS Michael

Asheboro, N.C., October 12, 2018:  10:30 PM Update - Randolph Electric Membership Corporation crews have made significant progress in restoring power as of 10:30 p.m. Friday. Approximately 1,000 members remain without electricity, down from nearly 7,000 members without power Friday morning. Crews from sister cooperatives in North and South Carolina and Illinois have assisted in the restoration effort so far and additional crews released from nearby cooperatives will join them Saturday. 

The remaining outages are scattered across the cooperative’s entire five-county service territory, with the majority located in Randolph and Alamance Counties. Crews have replaced at least 26 broken poles and numerous crossarms and insulators, as well as repaired multiple spans of wire.

"I’m very pleased with the progress we’ve made so far," said Dale Lambert, CEO of Randolph EMC. “We appreciate our members’ patience and want them to know that even though they might not see crews working near their homes, we’re out in full force,” he added. In a major outage situation, power is restored in a sequence that energizes the largest number of people first. Circuits that feed power to homes start at a substation and can be miles away from your home.

Members who experience a power outage should report it by calling 1-877-736-2633 (1-877-REMC-OFF). As crews continue to work, please remember these safety tips:

  • 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.
  • 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.