CONTACT: Allan Sharrett
Mgr., Public & Member Relations
(800) 552-2118, ext. 3211
Crewe, Va. – Sporadic thunderstorms moving through central & southern Virginia on Wednesday night and early Thursday morning caused scattered outages across Southside Electric Cooperative’s service territory. Co-op line crews responded quickly, assessing and repairing damage at about 60 different outage locations, mostly caused by lightning and tree damage. In total, about 1,500 members experienced power interruptions as a result of the storms, but all were restored by 4:00am Thursday morning.
The single largest outage occurred when lightning damaged a voltage regulator at Evergreen substation in Appomattox. The substation, which serves approximately 1,000 members, was down from about midnight until 1:45am. Outages were spread across SEC’s 18-county footprint, from Bedford in the west to Chesterfield and Dinwiddie in the east, but the largest pockets of outages were concentrated in Powhatan and Amelia.
George Felts, SEC’s vice president of engineering & operations services, noted, "SEC has historically experienced routine damage to electrical infrastructure due to thunderstorms from May through September. Wednesday night’s storms were a preview of the summer months ahead, but we’re very prepared to handle whatever Mother Nature might bring our way. SEC’s linemen and dispatchers remain dedicated and vigilant, and our new advanced ‘TWACS’ meters coupled with the recent deployment of distribution automation devices gives us a significant ability to reduce and isolate outages quickly and remotely."
SEC Members are reminded to call 1-866-878-5514 to report an outage. The SEC outage map is available online @ www.sec.coop or on the SEC Mobile App, available free for download on Apple’s App Store or the Google Play/Android Marketplace. Outage updates are also posted regularly on SEC’s Facebook and Twitter pages.
Headquartered in Crewe, Virginia, SEC is a member-owned distribution electric utility serving more than 45,000 members throughout southern and central Virginia. For more information about SEC, please visit us @ www.sec.coop, on Facebook @ www.fb.com/SouthsideElectric or Twitter: @SouthsideEC.