As the Eastern and Southern portions of Virginia continue to recover from a major ice storm late last week, another ice event is in the forecast to impact the north and northwestern region of the state and REC service territory today and Thursday.
Ice and icy road conditions have already been reported in the areas around REC’s Blue Ridge office located in Front Royal, and more precipitation is the forecast for later this evening and Thursday. A wintry mix of precipitation, including freezing rain, could accumulate on trees and power lines, potentially leading to extended power outages in areas from Culpeper and as far north as Frederick and Clarke counties.
REC’s crews are on stand by and are ready to respond to any weather-related outages. REC also has reached out to mutual-aid contractors, who are prepared to assist in outage restoration as needed.
Member-owners are urged to prepare now, as well.
Make sure you have flashlights and fresh batteries. Gather extra blankets and additional layers of clothing in case they are needed, and charge all electronics such as cell phones. Ensure you have a back-up heat source or have a plan in the event that extended power outages occur. For more tips on how to prepare, visit myrec.coop/stormprep.
Report power outages at myrec.coop/out or in MyREC SmartHub. Outages can also be reported by calling 1-800-552-3904. If someone in your home requires electricity for a serious medical condition, consider identifying an alternate location with power that you can rely on during an outage.
“Freezing rain and ice can lead to downed trees and power lines leading to power outages,” said Casey Hollins, director of communications and public relations. “It’s important to prepare before the storm. Please take the steps now to gather the items you would need for power outages that could extend over multiple days.”