A&N Electric Cooperative is preparing for the local effects of Hurricane Michael. The storm made landfall Wednesday afternoon in the Florida panhandle as a category 4 storm.

Forecasts are projecting that the local area will begin to see the effects from the storm as it moves up the East Coast as early as Thursday night into early Friday morning.

Hurricane Michael is expected to diminish in strength as it makes its way north, but the Eastern Shore could see heavy rains and tropical storm force winds associated with the storm. The cooperative is anticipating sustained winds at 20-25 miles per hour with gust that could reach 35 miles per hour.

With heavy rain and strong winds there is a potential for power outages associated with fallen limbs and trees.

The cooperative and its tree trimming crews are prepared to respond to any outages related to tree damage associated with the storm.

“No matter how high this storm escalates, we’ll be ready for it,” said Brian Charnock, ANEC Director of Operations and Construction Services.

The cooperative will continue to monitor the storm as it progresses north into the local area. All ANEC crews will be ready beginning early Thursday evening to be dispatched to restore power if outages occur.

If power should go out, please try to cut off heat pumps, electric water heaters and other major appliances so that load will not be excessive when lines are being reenergized. After power has been restored for several minutes, gradually restart only those necessary appliances. After about 30 minutes you should be able to return to normal operation.

Families who have special medical needs or elderly members should make plans for alternate arrangements in the event of prolonged outages.


Staying safe during and after the storm:

  • Stay away from downed wires or damaged electric equipment. Touching energized wires can lead to injuries and death. If you see downed wires, call the Cooperative or 911 immediately.
  • If you use a generator, never run it inside your home or garage. Some produce carbon monoxide fumes, which can be deadly. Make sure your generator is installed properly.
  • To report an outage, please call 757-787-9750 or use our SmartHub app. Live outage information can be found on our website www.anec.com. Our outage map is also available on mobile devices.
  • Outage information is also available through 103.3 FM WESR and 105.7 Coastal Country.
  • Outage information will be updated on ANEC’s Facebook and Twitter pages.