High winds causing outages led to linemen with Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation working throughout the night to restore power for approximately 500 members. Currently, linemen in Caldwell County are restoring power for 56 members affected this morning in the Oak Hill community.
Members are urged to report all outages by calling Blue Ridge Electric’s PowerLine: 1-800-448-2383.
Overnight, outages affected: 330 members in the Dry Ponds community starting at 11:26 p.m. Thursday until linemen had power restored at 12:20 a.m.; 33 members in the same community were affected at 3:08 a.m. until 4:48 a.m.; in the Kings Creek area of Caldwell County a broken power pole from a fallen tree affected power for 47 members from 11:57 p.m. until 5:30 a.m.; in Watauga County, two fallen trees took down spans of line affecting 36 members primarily on Mt. Zion Road off Hwy 421 from 2:14 a.m. until power was restored at 4:29 a.m.; and in Ashe County, a fallen tree took down a span of line near Cox Road affecting 26 members from 11:47 p.m. until 4:44 a.m..
Blue Ridge Electric warns the public that downed power lines can be extremely dangerous—even deadly. Stay far away any time you see a downed line and report it as quickly as possible to Blue Ridge Electric by calling any local office or our toll-free member service number: 1-800-451-5474
For a live outage map, visit www.BlueRidgeEMC.com, where safety tips and other helpful information can also be found in the “Storm Room”. Also check Blue Ridge Electric's Facebook page for updates at www.facebook.com/blueridgeemc or Twitter at www.Twitter.com/BlueRidgeEMC.