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SEC Restoring Power after Severe Weather Causes Widespread Outages

NEWS RELEASE

CONTACT: Allan Sharrett
V.P., Public & Member Relations
(800) 552-2118, ext. 3211
Allan.Sharrett@sec.coop

 

SEC Restoring Power after Severe Weather Causes Widespread Outages

CREWE, Va – All available Southside Electric Cooperative lineman and additional line contractors were working to restore power to members across southern and central Virginia on Wednesday night after severe line of thunderstorms moved rapidly across the state from the west.

As of 8:45 pm, about 3,685 co-op members in 11 counties were without power. These counties included: Amelia, Appomattox, Bedford, Brunswick, Campbell, Charlotte, Dinwiddie, Lunenburg, Mecklenburg, Nottoway and Prince Edward. In total, four SEC substations, (and the members served by them), lost power after losing their feeds from Dominion Virginia Power delivery points.

The most critical damage occurred in Appomattox County, between the towns of Red House, Pamplin and Appomattox Courthouse. Initial damage observations indicate extremely high winds and probable tornadic activity. Multiple broken poles, downed lines and downed trees were discovered as line crews assessed damage and began repairs as the storm moved east Wednesday night.

SEC reminds members to stay away from downed power lines or fallen trees/limbs that may be in close proximity to power lines. Do not to attempt to move downed lines under any circumstances, and exercise extreme caution around any damaged electrical infrastructure.  Please report any damage to the Cooperative and/or local law enforcement in the event of an emergency.

Members should report power outages to SEC by calling 1-866-878-5514.  For outage information, check the SEC Outage Map here: http://outage.sec.coop/gridvu.

Members may get additional information on SEC’s various social media channels, and may download the SEC mobile app, available for free on most smartphones.

Southside Electric Cooperative (SEC) is a not-for-profit, member-owned electric cooperative that serves over 55,000 homes and businesses in portions of 18 counties in central and southern Virginia. Headquartered in Crewe, SEC has district offices in Altavista, Crewe, Dinwiddie and Powhatan. For more information, visit: www.sec.coop/StormPrep.