High winds expected through the night, Co-op Crews will continue outage restoration
While A&N Electric Cooperative crews will work around the clock restoring power to our members, high winds are expected to last through the night and into Saturday, hampering the cooperatives restoration effort.
As of 7 p.m. the number of members without power had risen to just over 900. The majority of outages are located in northern Accomack County, with some scattered outages in central Accomack and in Northampton County.
The National Weather Service has issued a high wind warning which is in effect until 6 a.m. Saturday morning. Winds are expected to be sustained between 25 and 45 miles per hour with gusts in excess of 60 miles per hour through the night. Those strong winds will continue to cause downed trees and power outages, according to the National Weather Service.
“The restoration effort has been a constant battle with heavy winds,” said Brian Charnock, ANEC’s Director of Operations and Construction Services. “Our outage numbers have risen and fallen throughout the day as a direct result of the high gusting winds. Despite that, all of our crews are prepared to work through the night and into Saturday as we continue our restoration efforts.”
Many of the outages reported Friday were the result of limbs and trees on the distribution lines.
The cooperative reminds its members to please stay away from all downed power lines. Consider all lines energized, as well as tree or limbs in contact with lines. Report downed power lines to ANEC (757-787-9750) or call 911. The Cooperative has contracted with professional tree trimmers to take care of those situations. Please do not try to free any wires tangled in tree limbs yourself.
Also, short power interruptions, referred to as “blinks,” can be common during storms such as this. A small number of blinks can be the distribution system attempting to fix an issue to avoid a total power outage. However, frequent or a prolonged series of blinks could indicate an issue that the Cooperative needs to address. If you experience this issue please notify us by SmartHub app or by phone and explain the problem.
The cooperative urges its members to charge their mobile devices, when able, to keep informed about outages in the area.