Fredericksburg, Va. — Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) crews and contractors are responding to storm-related outages after powerful winds and torrential downpours roared through the region Wednesday afternoon and evening.
Mutual-aid crews have been requested.
As of 8 p.m., more than 11,000 member-owners remained without power as a result of about 180 separate outage events. Crews continue to discover broken poles and downed wires — in addition to numerous downed large trees. Crews in the Eastern portion of the REC service territory have described “tornado-like damage,” and in the Route 211 area near Warrenton the storm broke seven poles in a row.
Continuing severe weather through the evening complicates restoration efforts, as crews work as quickly — and safely — as they can to restore all outages.
“The safety of our employees and member-owners is always REC’s top priority,” said Casey Hollins, Managing Director – Communications and Public Relations.
REC urges our member-owners to stay safe as well.
- If you see a downed power line, always assume it is energized and dangerous. Stay at least 10 feet away from the line and anything that might be in contact with it.
- Call 911 and contact REC at 800-552-3904 to report downed power lines.
- If your backup power plan includes using a generator, it is critical to follow all safety recommendations.
- Finally, if you haven’t already, unplug appliances that may have been on when a power outage began. Those appliances will come back on in the same mode as they were when power was lost.
REC reminds members to always report your power outage — even if you believe a neighbor has already reported it. You can use your smart phone to report the outage in MyREC SmartHub or at myrec.coop/out. If you receive a text alert that your power has been restored but you are still in the dark, please report your outage again.
REC provides electric service to over 170,000 connections in parts of 22 Virginia counties. With its general office in Fredericksburg, Va., the Cooperative operates and maintains more than 17,000 miles of power lines through its service area, which ranges from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the tidal waters of the Chesapeake Bay. For more information about REC, please visit www.myrec.coop. Follow REC on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.