Power Companies on Standby During Winter Storm Warning

By: Anna-Lysa Gayle Email
By: Anna-Lysa Gayle Email

Numbers to call if you experience an outage:

SVEC  - 1-800-234-7832

Dominion Virginia Power - 1-866-366-4357

Harrisonburg, Va. (WHSV) --- Power companies such as the Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative and Dominion Virginia Power are asking people in our area to get prepared.

With the snow expected to turn to ice Wednesday, it could be the perfect storm for lights to go out. However, both power companies want to stress that they do not expect any widespread outages from the weather.

"We're concerned about several things, ice being No. 1," said SVEC spokesman Mike Aulgur.

SVEC responded to a few outages Tuesday morning.

"That would have been caused by foliage knocking into one of our lines and subsequently a protective device engaging," Aulgur said. "In this case, it more than likely was a circuit breaker."

At one point Tuesday night, Dominion Virginia Power also had a few outages listed on its website. In case of power outages, you should stock up on water or "a first aid kit, [for] situations like this where we're likely to see extreme temperatures," Aulgur said. You may also need extra blankets, batteries, flashlights and a car charger in case you need to contact anyone via cell phone.

"It's a great idea to have a home preparedness kit and have some things on hand," said Dominion Virginia Power spokesman David Botkins.

With your kit in place, experts recommend you stay in place as well.

"What would really be unfortunate is if a vehicle struck a power pole and caused an outage," said Botkins.

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