ANEC preparing for weekend wind storm

ANEC preparing for weekend wind storm

A&N Electric Cooperative (ANEC) is preparing for possible outages associated with a coastal wind storm forecasted to move into our area beginning tomorrow, March 2.

Cooperative crews will be on standby starting tomorrow and will be ready to be dispatched to restore power if outages occur during the duration of the storm.

According to the National Weather Service, a Nor’easter-type storm will affect the area starting Friday with impacts lasting through the weekend.

It is highly likely that winds will increase tonight and will be strongest along the coast Friday afternoon and Friday night with sustained winds between 25 to 30 miles per hour and gusts up to 50 miles per hour.

The wind has the potential to damage any weak structures, trees and power lines resulting in possible power outages due to wind gusts, according to the National Weather Service. Recent wet weather has caused ground saturation, making some trees vulnerable in high winds.

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.

During an outage ANEC crews work to restore power to critical needs facilities. From there crews will work on the cooperative’s main distribution circuits and branch out from there to restore electricity to other members affected by the outage.

If power should go out, please try to cut off heat pumps/space heaters, electric water heaters and other major appliances so that load will not be excessive when lines are being reenergized. After power has been restored for several minutes, gradually restart only those necessary appliances. After about 30 minutes you should be able to return to normal operation.

Members are reminded to:

  • Stay away from downed wires or damaged electric equipment. Touching energized wires can lead to injuries and death. If you see downed wires, call 911 or the Cooperative at 757-787-9750 immediately.
  • If you use a generator, never run it inside your home or garage. Some produce carbon monoxide fumes, which can be deadly.
  • Families who have special medical needs or elderly members should closely monitor any outage situation and make alternate arrangements, if needed.
  • To report an outage, please use our SmartHub app or call 800-431-2632. Please report outages using these two methods and not on social media.
  • Track outage information with our live outage map. The outage map is also available on mobile devices.
  • Outage information is also available through local TV and radio stations.
  • Outage information will be updated on ANEC’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

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