HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- Rain is the best case scenario when talking about power lines, but a mix of wet snow and ice could bring power lines down which is why most electric companies in our area have crews on standby.
Mike Murphy shops for a generator hoping to stay one step ahead of the ice storm.
"I've got a family with young children and the house can be rambunctious no matter what but without power. It can make it a lot colder and nothing to do in the house. Better safe than sorry," said Murphy.
He said last year he spent nine days without power.
"The food was all ruined in the refrigerator and the freezer. Nine days without power is not something I wish on anyone," said Murphy.
Wet snow and ice could lead to power outages which is why Mike Aulgur with the Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative keeps an eye in the forecast.
"It has the potential to bring down limbs, to bring them down into the electric system and maybe to [push] trees into our lines. Initially the lines themselves as they gain weight, they begin to sag," said Aulgur.
He said if ice reaches a tenth of an inch, it can be a problem.
"It's based largely upon weight and wet snow. When we add wind into the mix. An increased wind into the mix, it has the potential to cause problems to our electrical system," said Aulgur.
Some SVEC crews will be pre-staged in Highland County with more employees that could be dispatched within 24 hours something Murphy hopes won't be needed.
"Anytime you are without power, especially a long duration like that. It is not a lot of fun so looking never to repeat that again," said Murphy.
Harrisonburg Electric Commission will determine if it will send crews out on Sunday and Dominion Power said it will pre-stage some of its employees in Augusta County it believes the storm will impact that area.
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