Seventy-five members have already been affected early this morning due to high winds and snow that are beginning in the mountain service area of Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation.
As of 6:45 a.m., linemen have all but 35 members restored from that outage which was caused by a tree falling and brining down a three spans of power lines.
Due to severe weather predictions today and potential for major outages, assisting crews have been called in to help Blue Ridge Electric restore any outages as quickly and safely as possible today. Members should report all outages by calling the cooperative’s PowerLine at 1-800-448-2383.
Outage status is available at any time by viewing the cooperative’s online outage map at www.BlueRidgeEMC.com. The outage map includes information about the number and location of outages. Outage updates during severe situations is also available on the cooperative’s social media sites: www.facebook.com/blueridgeemc and www.twitter.com/blueridgeemc.
The public is also warned to stay away if they see downed power lines. These lines can still be energized and therefore dangerous or even deadly! Only a trained line technician should ever go near a downed power line. Please report fallen power lines to Blue Ridge Electric as quickly as possible.