Severe Storms Cause Damage and Outages

As of 9:00 a.m. more than 1,700 REC members remain without power as a result of last evenin's intense thunderstorms that moved through the area. Line crews worked through the night hours restoring more than 8,000 outages. REC expects the majority of outages will be restored by late this evening. However, it will be Monday before all power is restored everyone.

The remaining outages are caused by more than 120 locations with damage that need to be assessed and then repaired. The hardest hit areas at this point are Caroline, Spotsylvania, Louisa and Hanover Counties, with scattered outages in the remainder of the Cooperative's service area.

Ricky Bywaters, REC's Bowling Green district manager said, "The storm brought with it high winds and intense lightning, which caused significant damage in some areas. We have numerous areas where lines are down, cross arms are broken and poles and equipment are damaged. More than the usual time is being required in each restoration effort. We will work as quickly and safely as possible to restore service. And everyone will work as long as it takes to get power restored to our members."

Safety is always a top priority for our employees and members. Downed power lines and trees touching the lines are extremely dangerous. Please be on the lookout for downed lines and be aware that hazardous conditions may exist in the aftermath of this storm. If you see a downed line, report it by contacting REC or 911 and be sure to keep others away from the line.

To report a power outage, please call 1-800-552-3904 or report your outage online. Outages updates are available in the Outage Center, in addition to Facebook and Twitter.

REC provides electric service to nearly 160,000 connections in parts of 22 Virginia counties. With its general office in Fredericksburg, Va., the Cooperative operates and maintains more than 16,000 miles of power lines through its service area, which ranges from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the tidal waters of the Chesapeake Bay.