Winter Storm Response | Update 1-18-18 | 10:30 AM
Asheboro, N.C., January 18, 2018, 10:30 a.m.— At 10:30 a.m., Randolph Electric Membership Corporation has small scattered outages affecting just under 100 members. Weather-related outages began increasing around 1:00 p.m. on January 17. Randolph EMC crews, along with contract and neighboring co-op crews worked overnight repairing lines damaged from fallen trees and tree limbs weighed down by heavy snow, with most outages restored by midnight. Crews have responded to a few other small outages since then, and remain on alert to quickly respond to additional calls.
At the height of the storm, REMC experienced about 46 separate outages affecting approximately 930 members. Randolph Electric is grateful for the assistance received from contract crews and neighboring cooperatives, which helped aid in quick restoration. Some of the additional contract crews will travel to assist sister cooperatives in need.
“Randolph EMC has been fortunate that the outages reported throughout yesterday and overnight were not major events,” said Dale Lambert, Chief Executive Officer. “As thawing occurs, tree limbs can move and cause additional issues for the distribution system. We may continue to see some scattered outages as the snow melts, and want our members to know that we are still on alert and ready to respond if they need us,” he added.
The cooperative urges members to remember that safety is top priority. If an individual encounters a downed power line, he or she should stay well away from affected areas. Never approach power lines that are low or on the ground, as they could be energized.
Members who receive electric service from Randolph EMC should report them by calling 1-877-REMC-OFF (1-877-736-2633). For updates on power outages, visit REMC’s online Outage Map at www.RandolphEMC.com. The cooperative also posts status reports and safety information on its Facebook and Twitter pages.