8:15 pm Update: Power outages are widespread throughout the area. Power is reported out in western sections of Berryville, Virginia although power remains on in eastern portions of town.
7:00 pm Update: Over 50% of Berryville power customers are without power at 7:00pm EST.
Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) announced today it continues responding to scattered power outages associated with the ongoing winter storm. The Cooperative is also preparing for possible additional interruptions in electric service as heavier wet snow is forecast for later this evening and into Thursday. Snow-covered trees and limbs could fall onto power lines causing outages.
In anticipation of worsening weather conditions, REC has the necessary field personnel standing by to ensure service restoration is completed as quickly and safely as possible. In addition to the field forces already in place, other REC employees are transitioning from their normal work roles into storm assignments in preparation for new outages, should they occur.
REC reminds members that hazardous road conditions come into play with crew response time. We thank our members in advance for their patience and understanding. Just as REC prepares for severe weather and the possibility of power outages, our members should also be prepared and take steps to ensure the safety of their families and property during such weather conditions.
REC’s restoration priorities are public safety situations and critical facilities, such as 911 centers, hospitals and pumping stations. Restoration is generally scheduled so that the greatest number of customers can be restored as quickly and as safely as possible.
Members are always reminded to stay away from downed power lines and to report them immediately by calling 1-800-552-3904.
For more information about REC’s storm preparation and how members can protect their families and property, go to www.myrec.coop< TARGET=”_blank” href=redir.asp?lid=0&newsite=http%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Emyrec%2Ecoop>http://www.myrec.coop >.