A&N Electric Cooperative’s (ANEC) crews continue to respond to outage reports associated with the winter storm affecting the area. At about 8:45 a.m. nearly 2,270 co-op members were experiencing a power outage, the most members affected at one time. By 11 a.m. that number has been reduced to about 750 members currently without power.
“We’re responding to outages and restoring electricity as quickly as we possibly can,” said Kelvin Petit, A&N Electric Cooperative Vice President of Operations. “We’re being hindered somewhat by the gusting winds which are making the current road conditions very treacherous, but we’re making every effort to ensure as many members as possible are reconnected as quickly as possible.”
Currently winds are sustained at over 20 miles per hour but are gusting at about 40 miles per hour.
Dozens of crews have been dispatched and are working to restore 22 outage events scattered across the Eastern Shore.
“We appreciate our co-op members’ patience while we work to restore power to those affected by any outages associated with the storm,” Petit said. “We realize being without electricity can be a burden on members of our community.”
While the front end of the Cooperative’s Tasley office is closed for business today due to the heavy snow and high winds, the Operations Center will be opened and staffed 24/7 throughout the weather event.
ANEC offers the following tips in the event you experience a power outage:
- Please continue to use our SmartHub app or call 1-800-431-2632 to report your outage.
- Families who have special medical needs or elderly members should closely monitor the outage situation and make alternate arrangements, if needed.
- Stay away from all downed power lines. Consider all lines energized, as well as tree or limbs in contact with lines. Please report downed power lines to ANEC or call 911.
- If you are using a portable electric generator, do not connect it directly to household wiring. Power from generators can back feed along power lines and electrocute anyone coming in contact with them, including workers making repairs.
ANEC provides electric service to nearly 35,000 homes, farms and businesses in Accomack and Northampton Counties in Virginia and Somerset County, Maryland. For more information, visit www.anec.com.