Randolph EMC Update on Winter Storm Damage

Monday, January 3, 2022, 4:30 pm

ASHEBORO, NC – On Monday morning and afternoon, Randolph EMC crews made significant progress in clearing damage to its electrical system from the overnight and early morning winter storm.

“Our crews have worked through the cold, wet and windy conditions to restore power to members,” said Dale Lambert, CEO. “We anticipate working through tonight and tomorrow to resolve all remaining outages on our system.”

A total of 7,318 Randolph EMC members experienced outages today, with 5,500 restored and 1,866 still without power at 4:00 pm.

In response to an anticipated prolonged outage west of Asheboro off Highway 64, Randolph Electric redirected feeds on the distribution system and deployed its mobile substation after a tree fell on a transmission line. This resulted in a significantly quicker restoration effort for those members. Randolph EMC will continue to update members affected, and crews will work around the clock to restore power throughout the service area.

Wind gusts of up to 45 miles per hour created havoc in the early morning hours of Monday. Fallen trees, in addition to waterlogged ground conditions, have created obstacles to quick restoration work.

“Please stay away from fallen power lines and report them to us immediately. We anticipate freezing conditions overnight, so be aware of line personnel working along roads making repairs. For your safety and theirs, slow down if you are traveling though one of our work zones,” said Lambert.

Tips for Preparing, Reporting outages

Members can find resources and severe weather preparation checklists for protecting your home, family, pets, and livestock on NCStormCenter.coop

In the event of downed or low-hanging power lines, members should exercise extreme caution. Damaged lines can still carry electric current and cause serious injury or death.  Members should stay well away from downed lines and contact REMC immediately.  Additionally, drivers should slow down and give utility crews and emergency responders on the side of road plenty of room to maneuver in their work area.

Members who experience a power outage should report it by calling 1-877-736-2633 (1-877-REMC-OFF). Members who have enrolled in REMC’s SPOTT (Status of Power Outages Through Texts) Alerts Outage Texting program may also text OUT to this number to report an outage at their location. These members should note that outage status updates will be unavailable during major storm outage restoration efforts.

Throughout the duration of the storm, Randolph EMC offers several options for keeping members informed:

  • Follow Randolph EMC on Facebook and Twitter
  • View the online outage map at https://Outages.RandolphEMC.com
  • Find the latest press releases, alerts and preparedness tips on our website at RandolphEMC.com
  • Tune in to local TV and radio stations for the latest updates

About Randolph Electric Membership Corporation
Randolph Electric Membership Corp. is a community-focused electric cooperative created to efficiently deliver affordable, reliable and sustainable energy to more than 33,000 homes, businesses, farms, and schools. Randolph EMC is led by and belongs to member-owners in areas of Randolph, Moore, Montgomery, Chatham and Alamance counties. For the latest information about Randolph EMC’s programs and service, visit RandolphEMC.com or follow Randolph EMC on Facebook and Twitter.