Prepare Now for Tropical Storm Elsa
Date Published
July 7, 2021

Heavy rain and wind gusts up to 40 mph could impact much of Virginia beginning Thursday evening and continuing into Friday as Tropical Storm Elsa passes through the state. REC urges member-owners to prepare now for the possibility of storm-related power outages. Crews stand ready to respond to any outages, and REC wants member-owners to prepare as well.

Charge critical electronics such as cell phones before the storm arrives, and make sure your family has a flashlight with batteries and other essentials you may need. For a complete list of emergency items REC recommends, please visit

Other steps you can take now:

  • Bookmark REC’s website to report an outage or to find the latest on restoration efforts. You also can sign up to receive Outage Text Alerts:
  • Remember that you can use your smart phone to report an outage at You also can report an outage in MyREC SmartHub.
  • If someone in your home requires electricity for a serious medical condition, consider an alternate location with power that you can rely on during an outage.

“Tropical storms can make last-minute turns that sometimes lead to worse-than-expected impacts,” said Casey Hollins, Managing Director – Communications and Public Relations. “We urge member-owners to take this storm seriously. We stand ready and crews will respond as quickly and safely as possible to restore any power outages.”

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