Co-op Loses Power to All Services
(CCEC) lost power to its nearly 40,000 services around 10 p.m. Thursday as Hurricane Florence stalled just off the coast.
“It’s been tough watching the storm just spin and spin, taking out power with every round,” said CCEC Communications Director Lisa Galizia. “It’s been hard on line crews and support staff who want to get to work and repair our battered system.”
Because Hurricane Florence is not expected to make landfall and begin weakening moving inland very quickly, the cooperative does not expect to begin assessing damages and making repairs until sometime Saturday.
A 16-man crew from Tennessee has arrived at CCEC, and another 60 lineworkers from co-ops in Virginia and Alabama are staged to the west, and they are ready to begin restoring power as soon as conditions are safe to do so.
Everyone is encouraged to stay far away from downed or sagging power lines, as well as anything that downed lines are touching. Always assume that a powerline is energized and very dangerous.
CCEC Dispatcher looks at Hurricane Florence on weather radar and the CCEC outage map that shows all services without power.