Coop prepared for the winter storm

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A&N Electric Cooperative is preparing for the possible impacts of the upcoming winter storm.

The local area is expected to see direct impacts as early as Thursday, Jan. 20, according to the National Weather Service. A second wave of snow, high winds and ice is expected to hit the region on Friday January 21.

The cooperative and its teams of pruners are ready to intervene in the event of interruptions related to tree damage.

The rain is expected to change to snow Thursday afternoon and evening following the passage of an arctic cold front. Accumulations of up to an inch are possible by Thursday evening as temperatures drop into the upper 20 degrees. This could lead to hazardous travel conditions during the Thursday night drive, according to the National Weather Service. Confidence in snowfall accumulation continues to rise late Friday and Friday evening as a low pressure system gradually strengthens as it moves off the Mid-Atlantic coast.

Current snowfall totals for the local area are expected to be around 4.5 inches. There is a slight possibility that the area will experience up to 8 inches of snow.

Given current forecasts, we recommend that members prepare for possible extended power outages. Take the opportunity to renew your prescriptions and have medication on hand. Be prepared for any other medical needs, such as an ice cooler for insulin. It is important to note that families with special medical needs or the elderly should make alternative arrangements in the event of extended outages.

Cooperative members are encouraged to continue to monitor forecasts and seek information from reliable official sources.

In the event of a power outage, please try to turn off heat pumps, electric water heaters and other major appliances so that the load is not excessive when the lines are re-energized. After power has been restored for several minutes, gradually restart only necessary devices. After about 30 minutes you should be able to return to normal operation.

Members are asked to stay off the roads, if possible, if road conditions are poor. Disabled vehicles can significantly slow down the electrical restoration process.

Staying safe during and after the storm:

  • Stay away from fallen wires or damaged electrical equipment. Touching live wires can cause injury and death. If you see fallen wires, immediately call the Cooperative or 911.
  • If you use a generator, never run it inside your home or garage. Some produce carbon monoxide fumes, which can be deadly. Make sure your generator is properly installed. A generator should be installed with a two-pole, two-way transfer switch to prevent it from back-feeding the co-op’s distribution system.
  • To report an outage, please call 757-787-9750 or use our SmartHub app. Live fault information is available on our website www.anec.com. Our outage map is also available on mobile devices. Outages should not be reported via social media.
  • Outage information is also available via 103.3 FM WESR and 105.7 FM Coastal Country.

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