Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation linemen were able to restore power for 338 Ashe County members before midnight, but are continuing to work today on scattered outages continuing to occur as a result of high winds in the High Country.
Currently, 55 members in the Blackberry community of Watauga County are affected. Linemen are investigating the cause as they work to restore power. It is very likely high winds are the cause due to the area affected and ongoing high winds today in the mountains of North Carolina.
Last night’s outage for the Ashe County members was the largest single outage of the day—a day in which high winds and heavy snow on power lines led to periodic outages all throughout the day starting at 8 a.m. Saturday. Several hundred members were affected at different points throughout Saturday.
Linemen, contractors and other Blue Ridge Electric employees are ready to respond to outages at any time of the night or day and are on high alert any time severe weather is occurring or predicted.
Members are encouraged to report all outages by calling the cooperative’s PowerLine: 1-800-448-2383. To check outage status at any time, as well as get estimated power restoral times by clicking on the map icons, the cooperative makes available on online “Outage Map” at www.BlueRidgeEMC.com.
For outage preparation and safety tips and other information, visit www.BlueRidgeEMC.com. Information and updates are also available on 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.