Local Power Crews Offer Tips on How to Stay Safe During Storm

By: Brendan Ponton Email
By: Brendan Ponton Email

HARRISONBURG -- Local electric crews are getting ready to deal with the aftermath of the storm. Strong winds are a concern, and could cause power outages.

Here are some tips from the Harrisonburg Electric Commission on how to stay safe during the storm:

-If you do see power lines down, stay a safe distance away, which is at least 15-feet away.
-Call and report the downed line to your electric provider.
-Never assume that a line is de-energized just because it's on the ground.
-If you live near a lot of trees, stay inside.
-If they seem to be wobbling, go downstairs, or to another side of the house.

The HEC says they are prepared to respond if power goes out. The General Manager, Brian O'Dell, said he said appreciated the warning about the storms, compared to last June's derecho storm.

O'Dell also noted that there less trees than last June because so many fell over in that storm, so that could help keep power on this time.

He says HEC will have crews ready to go throughout the storm, but added that crews will wait till conditions are safe to respond. If power does go out and the winds are really high, it could take a little bit of time to get the power restored.


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