A&N Electric Cooperative is prepared for the local effects of Tropical Storm Elsa.

The local area will see some direct impacts from the storm as early as tomorrow, according to the National Weather Service.

The Eastern Shore is projected to experience some heavy rains and windy conditions as the storm passes over the region. With heavy rain and winds, there is a potential for power outages from fallen limbs and trees.

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

“We continue to closely monitor the storm’s path and projected intensity as it passes over our region,” said Brian Charnock, Director of Operations and Construction Services for the cooperative. “The cooperative is ready to respond to any issues associated with the storm.”

If your 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.

It is important to note that families who have special medical needs or elderly members should make plans for alternate arrangements in the event of prolonged outages.

Cooperative members are urged to continue monitoring forecasts and seek information from trusted, official sources.

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. A generator must be installed with a double-pole, double throw transfer switch to keep it from backfeeding in the cooperative’s distribution system.
  • 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. Outages should not be reported via social media.
  • Outage information is also available through local radio stations.
  • Outage information will be updated on the cooperative’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

For more helpful tips on Hurricane Preparedness, visit the A&N Electric Cooperative Hurricane Preparedness Guide at ShoreDailyNews.com, or pick up the print version at local area businesses.

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