12/10/18 | 5:30 PM Update
Randolph Electric Membership Corporation continues to work diligently to restore winter storm Diego related outages. As of Monday evening, approximately 380 members are patiently awaiting power restoration with the majority of those concentrated in Randolph County.
"We're pleased about the progress that is being made across our system," said Dennis Mabe, Vice President of Engineering and Operations for Randolph EMC. "Having a network of co-ops and trusted contractors to assist us is priceless in an event like this. They all know that our number one priority is safety and immediately following is getting power restored," he added. The cooperative brought in additional crews from sister N.C. cooperatives Pee Dee EMC, headquartered in Wadesboro, and Tideland EMC, located at the coast in Pantego. Support contractor crews from as far away as South Carolina and Virginia traveled to assist in making repairs, as well.
Although progress is being made, Randolph EMC stresses the importance of members remaining on alert for downed lines. Some downed wires have been covered by the round of snow that fell Monday morning. Never touch a downed power line; they can still be energized and therefore dangerous or even deadly. If you are cleaning up from the storm, do not attempt to cut trees that could be in contact with a power line. No one except a trained line technician should handle or be near a downed power line.
For the latest updates on power outage progress, visit REMC’s online Outage Map at https://outages.randolphemc.com. The cooperative also posts status reports and safety information on its Facebook and Twitter pages.