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Power Line Dangers and Food Safety During Storm Outage

CCEC has been assessing damages from Hurricane Florence, but bands of high wind and heavy rain are still preventing storm restoration teams from heading out in force.

With all of its 40,000 services without power, getting the system repaired and ready to energize is going to take quite some time. CCEC has crews waiting to get to work, including teams from Tennessee, Alabama and Virginia cooperatives, as well contract crews from Volt Electric and Temple’s Tree Service.

“Even after the storm passes, there are still dangers out there,” said Communications Director Lisa Galizia. “Power lines may be hidden under fallen trees or are sagging over roadways. Those wanting to begin cleanup at their homes and businesses or those driving need to be extremely cautious.”

  • If you see a downed power line, move away from the line and anything that may be touching it. Call the cooperative to make them aware of the hazard.
  • If you see someone who is in direct or indirect contact with a downed power line, DO NOT TOUCH the person; call 911 instead.
  • Do not attempt to move a downed power line or anything in contact with the power line by using another object such as a broom or stick. Even materials like wood or cloth, if slightly wet, can conduct electricity and then electrocute you.
  • Be careful not to put your feet near water where a downed power line is located.

Another concern after several days without power is food safety.

A general rule is to discard any perishable food, such as meat, poultry, fish, eggs, and leftovers, which have been above 40 °F for over 2 hours. You should have appliance thermometers in your refrigerator and freezer so you can check to ensure that the freezer temperature is at or below 0 °F and the refrigerator is at or below 40 °F. Learn more at




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