To Prepare or Not to Prepare

Rappahannock Electric Cooperative Says Prepare Before Tropical Storm Becomes Reality in Virginia

Sept. 29, 2015

Although Tropical Storm Joaquin is well offshore, an unusual weather pattern combined with the effects of this tropical storm could lead to extremely wet weather conditions in parts of the REC service territory. REC members may experience a period of steady to heavy rain and wet and windy conditions of this magnitude could lead to power outages.

“Weather conditions such as those that have been predicted by weather officials can lead to power outages caused by trees falling from outside of the rights of way and onto power lines,” said Lee Brock, REC’s manager of engineering and power supply. “When power lines are downed, and poles and cross arms damaged, the work to repair that damage is extensive and can be lengthy. Also when flooding occurs it may take longer to get to the damaged equipment due to road closures and detours.”

If power outages occur members should report outages by calling 1-800-552-3904 or report outages online. REC will provide updated information on power outages and conditions to the electric system on this website and on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

“We ensure adequate materials and supplies are at our disposal in the event of major restoration work and we encourage our members to assemble an emergency preparedness kit,” added Brock. Learn what items to include in the kit.

REC provides electric service to over 160,000 connections in parts of 22 Virginia counties. With its general office in Fredericksburg, 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.

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Prepare Weather conditions such as those predicted for Oct. 2-3 could cause downed trees and power lines, as well as broken utility poles and cross arms. Damage like this could lead to extended power outages for Rappahannock Electric Cooperative members. The best time to prepare is before power outages occur.