Linemen with Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation are responding this evening to restore power to 8,000 cooperative members affected by a severe snow storm hitting western North Carolina. Most of the outages are occurring in Ashe County.
Heavy wet snow along with high winds followed by days of heavy rains is leading to falling trees especially in the mountain counties of the cooperative’s service area. Weather conditions are predicted to worsen overnight.
Sister cooperative crews have been called to assist in power restoration efforts due to the severity of the storm and the possibility that outages will continue into Friday.
Blue Ridge Electric members should call the cooperative’s PowerLine at 1-800-448-2383 to report outages. Employees are working around the clock to monitor the system, respond to member needs and restore power as quickly as possible.
Blue Ridge Electric reminds the public that downed power lines can still be energized and therefore dangerous or even deadly! Stay far away from downed power lines and report them immediately to the cooperative.
For checking outage status, Blue Ridge Electric provides an online outage map on their website at www.BlueRidgeEMC.com. The cooperative also provides information during widespread outages its Facebook page at www.facebook.com/blueridgeemc and Twitter page at www.twitter.com/blueridgeemc.