Winter Storm Response Update 1-17-18, 3:30 PM
Asheboro, N.C., January 17, 2018— As of 3:30 p.m., crews have been steadily working to restore several scattered outages affecting just over 930 Randolph Electric members in Randolph, Moore, Montgomery, Chatham and Alamance Counties. Because of the extremely cold temperatures, REMC has secured additional crews from neighboring co-ops and contractors to assist in restoring outages.
Crews began responding immediately to find the majority of outages have resulted from snow-laden trees and branches that have fallen onto power lines. Line personnel will continue to work as quickly and safely as possible to make repairs.
“If snow accumulations continue and winds pick up, the potential for power outages increases,” said Dennis Mabe, Vice President of Engineering and Operations. “With extremely low temperatures forecast overnight and the potential of heavy re-freezing tomorrow, we thought it best to bring in additional help to speed up our response efforts, should those outages occur,” he added.
If your electric service is provided by Randolph Electric Membership Corporation 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.com by clicking on the "Outage Map" link located in the upper right-hand side of the screen. Check the cooperative’s Facebook and Twitter pages for the latest updates on power outages and winter weather reminders.
As a safety reminder, individuals encountering downed power lines should stay well away from affected areas. Never approach power lines that are low or on the ground, as they could be energized. Care should be given not to approach line personnel as they work; their work is very dangerous and any distraction could cause an accident.