Linemen with Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation are responding to outages today primarily in Ashe County but scattered across its service area also in Watauga, Alleghany, Wilkes and Caldwell counties.
The primary cause is heavy, wet snow falling off power lines and causing the lines to “slap together.” Additionally, in several locations, power lines are down so members are advised to stay far away since downed lines can still be energized and therefore dangerous or even deadly.
Currently linemen are restoring 269 members in Ashe County; 94 in Alleghany County; 58 in Watauga County; 34 in Caldwell County and one in Wilkes County.
Members should report all outages to the cooperative’s PowerLine at: 1-800-448-2383.
To view the cooperative’s live online outage map visit www.BlueRidgeEMC.com where safety and preparation tips can also be found as well as links to the cooperative’s social media sites at www.facebook.com/blueridgeemc and www.twitter.com/blueridgeemc.
Blue Ridge Electric serves some 74,000 members in Caldwell, Watauga, Ashe, Alleghany, Wilkes, Avery and Alexander counties.