CREWE – A strong line of thunderstorms moved east across Southside Electric Cooperative’s (SEC) service territory Friday afternoon and evening bringing rain and “straight-line” winds up to 60mph in certain locales, according to the National Weather Service. The relatively fast-moving weather system left at least 15 broken poles and downed power lines from Bedford County in the west to Dinwiddie County in the east. An estimated 5,500 members were without power at the height, while the latest outages have been reduced to around 600 members as of 12:00pm today.
Utility crews are currently at all known outage locations working to restore service as quickly and safely as possible. This includes 70 SEC linemen and an additional 41 additional utility contractors and line crews from neighboring electric co-ops. Currently, the heaviest outage concentrations are in Powhatan (202), Appomattox (176) and Amelia (98) counties, with smaller pockets in Nottoway (50), Brunswick (43), and Charlotte (24) counties.
Members should stay away from downed lines and broken poles which may still be energized. These and other observed damage conditions should be reported to the Cooperative through our outage hotline at 1-866-878-5514. Detailed outage information can be found at SEC’s website @ http://outage.sec.coop:8181.
For additional information please contact Franklin D. Harris, SEC Manager of Public & Member Relations at 1-800-552-2118; extension 3211, or by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.