A&N Electric Cooperative crews worked through Thursday night and Friday morning responding to outages caused by damage from Tropical Storm Michael as it passed through the region.
As of 7 a.m. crews had reduced the number of co-op members without power from 4,000 during the height of the storm to about 1,800. The cooperative began receiving outage calls from members at about 11 p.m. Thursday night.
High winds associated with the storm caused trees and limbs to fall and damage power lines. The Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel reported that it recorded winds from the storm in excess of 70 miles per hour, prompting officials there to close the facility to all traffic.
Cooperative crews are dealing with numerous fallen trees and limbs, which have blocked roadways, broken nearly a dozen poles and pinned power lines.
“Blocked roadways and the number of broken poles have been the biggest hurdles in responding to these outages,” said Kelvin Pettit, ANEC Vice President of Operations. “Once the roads are cleared we should see a vast improvement to our restoration efforts. We’ll continue to work until power has been restored to all of our co-op members.”
The cooperative’s tree trimming crews have been dispatched with line crews to expedite the outage restoration effort.
The majority of the major damage appears to be in Northampton County with some scattered damage in Accomack.
The cooperative reminds its members that downed power lines are extremely dangerous and could be deadly. Members of the public should assume that any downed power line is live and should avoid going near it and avoid any object coming into contact with it. Members are urged to contact the cooperative at 757-787-9750 or to call 911 immediately to report a downed power line. Members can also report power line damage or an outage with the cooperative’s SmartHub app.