UPDATED – REC Says Power Restored to All Clarke Customers

5:30 AM Update 7/27/2010

Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) has restored electric service to all member-owners who lost power as a result of Sunday’s extensive widespread weather-related outages. With a look at the outage and restoration statistics, this microburst created winds of nearly 70 mph and caused power interruptions in the counties of Clarke, Frederick and Warren.
The storm affected approximately 8,400 customers beginning at 3:30 p.m. Sunday afternoon. There were numerous reports of lines down, trees on lines and several broken poles. As of 8 p.m. on Monday, power had been restored to all but 85 member-owners.  This work consisted of over 35 different events.  At 4:45 a.m. on Tuesday all storm related work was completed and power re-established to all customers.
Much of the extra manpower deployed during the restoration was supplied by contract right-of-way and overhead crews from the Culpeper and Bowling Green offices of REC.

5:00 pm Update

Clarke Daily News contacted REC to note that the majority of remaining households without power are in Clarke County and to  inquire whether the Clarke County households without power can expect to be restored by night fall.

According to Ann Lewis,  REC  Director of Public Relations:

“All of our crews are still working on the storm outages and yes you are correct, the remainder of the outages are concentrated in Clarke County. We have over 60 events that our crews are working on. Our main goal is to restore  power safely to the greatest number of people in the shortest time possible. After these larger pockets of customers have power, lines are repaired that serve neighborhoods or several houses. Then power is restored to individual homes. That is where we are now and so you won’t see the outage numbers decreasing as quickly. We are still hopeful to restore power to the majority of these customers by late evening. ”

4:00 p.m. – According to the REC outage map, 126 customers are without power in Clarke County as of 4 p.m., down from 500 earlier in the day.

11:00 a.m. – According to the REC outage map, 355 customers are without power in Clarke County as of 11 a.m., down from 800 earlier in this morning.

Update from REC July 26, 2010 – 7:00 a.m.

As of 7:00 am we have restored service to over 8,800 customers through the evening and overnight. We currently have approximately 800 member-owners still without power. The service areas still affected with last night’s wind storm are Clarke County, Berryville, and Boyce. Trees down blocking roads causing access issues have been the biggest issues for our crews.

We are expecting additional contract crews this morning to replace broken poles and continue restoration efforts. We anticipate all repairs to be completed by late today.

Customers should call toll free 1-800-552-3904 to report outages or downed power lines.

July 26, 2010 – 7:30 a.m.

REC is currently reporting 515 customers in Clarke County without power after yesterdays storms.

July 25, 2010 – 5:10 p.m.

Rappahannock Electric Cooperative is experiencing a large number of widespread outages in the Clarke, Frederick and Warren Counties and also in the Towns of Berryville and Boyce.

Very high winds came through with the weather front which resulted in tree and equipment damage. Tree trimming and line crews are responding. We are focused on getting the lights back on for our members as quickly as possible while maintaining safety as our first priority – safety of our members and safety of our crews.

Customers should call toll free 1-800-552-3904 to report outages or downed power lines.

The Cooperative provides electric service to over 154,000 connections in parts of 22 Virginia counties. With its general office in Fredericksburg, Va., Rappahannock now maintains more than 15,500 miles of power lines through its service area, which ranges from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the tidal waters of the Chesapeake Bay. For information about REC or to check on the status of outages, please visit  www.myrec.coop