9/17/18 | 11 a.m. Update

Significant Progress Reduces Number of Cooperative Members Without Power



Asheboro, N.C., September 17, 2018:  11AM Update – Entering the fourth day of power restoration efforts, Randolph Electric Membership Corporation contractors and crews have made significant progress. As of 11:00a.m., approximately 950 members are without power as a result of continuous impacts from Hurricane Florence.

While the remnants of Florence could still bring rain and thunderstorms to the region today, our biggest concern is for flooding throughout our service territory that could impede crews from reaching repair sites. We are also extremely concerned about both the safety of our members and line personnel. We advise you to stay inside and avoid driving, if possible. Our hope is to make considerable headway to restore a majority of the membership’s power today as long as trees do not continue to fall and break poles.

Safety Tips:

  • Help keep our crews safe. If you see utility crews working on the side of the road, slow down and drive carefully.
  • Never wade into, or drive through flood water. Turn around, don’t drown.
  • Only use generators and charcoal grills in well-ventilated areas; a garage does not count as a well-ventilated area.
  • Never connect a generator directly to a home’s wiring. Instead, use an extension cord to plug lights and appliances into the generator.
  • Never touch a downed power line, and remember that sometimes debris can cover fallen lines, making them difficult to spot.

If your electric service is provided by Randolph EMC and you experience a power problem or outage, call 1-877-REMC-OFF (1-877-736-2633). Members may also view outage updates at www.RandolphEMC.comby clicking on the online outage map link located in the upper right-hand side of the screen. The cooperative also posts updates on its Facebook and Twitter pages.