REC Monitors Weather in Anticipation of Power Outages Associated with Hurricane Matthew

Oct. 5, 2016

REC crews are preparing for the possibility of power outages due to Hurricane Matthew. Although Hurricane Matthew’s projected course has shifted direction, wind and rain are still in the forecast for Saturday. These conditions could cause debris, trees and tree limbs to fall onto power lines creating outages.

REC has field personnel standing by to ensure service restoration is completed as quickly and safely as possible throughout the counties we serve. If conditions are fair and power outages do not affect REC’s members, crews will be available on an as needed basis to assist other cooperatives affected by the storm.

"While we prepare at REC, you can prepare too," said Maxie Rozell, manager of safety, security, and risk management at REC. "Stock up on items like batteries and flashlights, a can opener, a battery-powered radio, and cash. Also, make sure all of your mobile devices are fully charged."

A list items to include in a storm kit is available at here.Information regarding outages will be provided on both REC’s Outage Center and Facebook page.

Any member who is dependent on medical equipment that requires electricity should take steps now to seek alternative shelter or a source of backup power, as appropriate.

To report an outage, go here. Bookmark this page in advance for easy access. For those who prefer to phone in to report an outage, call toll-free: 1-800-552-3904. Sign up for text alerts here.

Downed power lines are also extremely dangerous. If you see one, stay away, and call law enforcement or REC immediately at 1-800-552-3904. Avoid wading through deep pooled water, where downed lines could be hidden. If you’re using portable generators, don’t connect them to home wiring system or outlets. It could cause high voltage feedback on power lines that could severely injure workers trying to restore power. Plug lights or other needed appliances directly into the portable generator itself.

REC provides electric service to over 161,000 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. Follow REC on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.