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Blue Ridge Electric Restoring Outages from High Winds

Last Updated on December 21, 2012 12:06 pm

High winds overnight and early morning led to outages for 1,061 members Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation.

Blue Ridge linemen restored the majority of the outages last night and are currently on the scene to repair damage and restore the remaining 27 members in Watauga and Ashe counties.

The majority of members affected are in Watauga County, where winds damaged 13 different areas of the electric system starting at 12:30 a.m. A total of 772 members were affected. In Ashe County, outages for 259 members began at 3:47 a.m., and in Caldwell County, 30 members were affected beginning at 1:13 a.m. No outages affected Alleghany County.

Blue Ridge Electric remains on high alert today, monitoring weather conditions. If members have outages, please report them to the cooperative’s PowerLine at 1-800-448-2383.

Storm preparedness tips and safety information are available in the “Storm Room” at, where members can also view a live outage map. Information can also be found on Blue Ridge Electric's Facebook page at

Blue Ridge Electric serves some 74,000 members in Caldwell, Watauga, Ashe, Alleghany, Avery, Alexander and Wilkes counties.

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