REC Reports 25,000 Without Power

5:00pm EST – As of 5 p.m. on Saturday, Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) has approximately 25,000 members without power, mostly in the southern and eastern portions of the service area. Problems have been identified on at least 35 circuits, including one sub-transmission line providing power to multiple substations. The severe weather has caused disruptions in communications hardware that REC relies on for calculating outage numbers. Until those problems can be resolved the outage numbers displayed on www.myrec.coop are below actual totals. If a member has reported their outage, REC is aware of it even though it may not be showing on www.myrec.coop.

REC continues to coordinate with local emergency services coordinators and 911 operators to respond to emergency situations. Due to the dangerous working conditions, actual outage repairs have been temporarily suspended in areas experiencing the most extreme weather. Repairs will resume in those areas as soon as it becomes safe. Emergency response and outage restoration efforts continue in areas where storm conditions are not as severe.

Additional REC employees, supplemented by more than 130 workers from line construction and right-of-way contractors, are staged and ready to deploy at first light Sunday morning. Additional assistance has been requested and will be arriving on Sunday.

To report a power outage, please call 1-800-552-3904  or visit www.myrec.coop and report your outage online.

3:30 pm EST: As of 3:30 p.m. Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) has approximately 11,000 scattered outages, most of them in areas under the hurricane warning in the eastern portion of its service territory. The Cooperative has already positioned crews and resources there to facilitate restoration. Where tropical force winds and dangerous working conditions are greatest, REC has suspended those efforts. The Cooperative’s Dispatch Center will continue to monitor the storm conditions and direct crews when work can be resumed safely.

As Irene moves across the state it is expected to cause considerable damage to the utility system. Everyone should be prepared for power outages that may last several days. The public is reminded that downed power lines and trees touching the lines are extremely dangerous. STAY AWAY from downed lines and any object in contact with the line. Report the situation to the power company or your local 911 center and keep others away from the line.

To report a power outage, please call 1-800-552-3904 or visit www.myrec.coop http://www.myrec.coop > and report your outage online. If the cause of the damage is evident, and you are reporting your outage by phone, please provide information concerning cause and location to the customer service representative. Callers with no additional information are encouraged to choose the automated reporting option. Members who rely on a smart phone can access outage information and report an outage through the Cooperative’s mobile website www.myrec.coop/mobile http://www.myrec.coop/mobile >.

Outage information is updated regularly online in the REC Outage Center. Please visit the website for current outage information.