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NOVEC says it is ready for Hurricane Florence

Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative is ready for Hurricane Florence and the pouring rain she may bring to Virginia. The Co-op urges everyone to prepare now for possible power outages.
“Weather forecasters tell us Northern Virginia has received 150 to 300 percent of its normal rainfall since early May,” says Dan Swingle, Electric System Operations vice president. “All summer long, thunderstorms have caused trees sitting in extremely wet ground to give way and fall on power lines. The additional rain that Hurricane Florence will bring, along with the rain that has fallen since Saturday, will no doubt cause more rain-soaked trees growing outside our right-of-way corridors to fall on power lines. People should prepare now in case they lose electric service.” 

Swingle says NOVEC crews are assembling equipment and supplies. “Our utility trucks are well stocked in anticipation of Hurricane Florence and all employees are on alert.”

Customers can follow NOVEC’s outage reports on and on social media, but Swingle emphasizes they should never report outages on social media. “We need customers’ addresses and account numbers for outage reporting. Customers should never post personal information on social media for security reasons. Instead, they should call or text us, or report the outage on our secure website. That’s the safest and quickest way to communicate with us and have service restored.”

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