12/9/18 | 8:00 PM Update

Randolph Electric Membership Corporation reports approximately 2,100 members without power as of 8:00 p.m. Sunday. A total of more than 7,500 members have been affected by Diego-related outages.

Cooperative consumer-members are urged to stay on high alert as additional mixed precipitation and continued wind gusts could cause more power outages. Heavy snow and ice weigh down tree limbs and branches and bring them into contact with power lines, which is the primary cause of power outages from the storm. Support crews from South Carolina have joined Randolph EMC and local contractor crews to work as quickly and safely as possible to restore power and warmth to cooperative members. 

Up-to-date co-op outage numbers can be accessed anytime at https://outages.randolphemc.com.

Electric cooperative members are asked to report power outages or any dangerous situations caused by the storm to 1-877-736-2633.

Safety:

  • Please heed Gov. Cooper’s request to stay off the road. Not only does this prevent you from getting in an accident, but it also allows power restoration crews to safely access restoration points faster. 
  • Never go near a downed or sagging power line, and do not attempt to remove debris from power lines, as the lines could still be energized and very dangerous. 
  • Never connect a generator directly to a home’s wiring; this poses a serious threat to line workers. Instead, use an extension cord to plug lights and appliances into the generator.
  • Only use generators and charcoal grills in well-ventilated outdoor areas; a garage does notcount as a well-ventilated area. Cooking indoors with Sterno or charcoal will produce deadly carbon-monoxide fumes.