Hurricane Florence Updates

Sept. 20, 2018 – 3:00 P.M. – North Carolina’s electric cooperatives continue making outage restoration progress in the wake of Hurricane Florence. Cooperative outages statewide have now dropped to about 38,000, down from a historic high of 326,000 on Saturday. Remaining outages are concentrated in the hardest-hit areas of coastal and southeastern North Carolina.

Since Monday, our crews have been assisting Carteret-Craven Electric Co-op on the coast with power restoration. Today, we received this photo thanking our lineman for helping to restore power and supporting our military. Two of our lineman, Andy and Kevin, helped recover a military vehicle that got stuck trying to deliver supplies to a fire department. Because of their efforts, they were able to continue their mission delivering food and supplies to all the first responders in the area.

PEMC Lineman and NC Army National Guard

Piedmont Electric lineman, Andy Dawson and Kevin Sneed, assist the NC Army National Guard in the wake of Hurricane Florence.

Sept. 17, 2018 – 4:00 P.M. –  With the storm and primary danger of outages now passed in our area, we released crews to Carteret-Craven Electric Cooperation on the coast to assist with their power restoration efforts. Rest assured, we will still have crews stationed here to respond to any additional outages should they occur.
Outage Restoration Team

On Monday, Piedmont Electric’s Outage Restoration Team heads to Carteret-Craven Electric Cooperative.

Sept. 17, 2018 – 11:06 A.M. – Southeast Roxboro outage restored.

Sept. 17, 2018 – 8:50 A.M. – We are aware of the outage southeast of Roxboro. Crews have been dispatched and are assessing the damage.

Update: This outage was caused by a fallen tree on the lines which took down some spans of wire. Crews are working as safely and quickly as possible to restore power. Thank you for your patience!

 

Crews fixing wire over flooded ground fallen tree on wires


Sept. 15, 2018 – 12:15 P.M. – It looks like we have been truly blessed as the brunt of Hurricane Florence has seemingly missed our area. We only experienced scattered outages which we were able to respond to and restore quickly.

With the storm and primary danger of outages now passed, we are releasing crews to help restore power to the harder hit regions of our state.

Part of the value of being a member of Piedmont Electric is the cooperation among cooperatives. Earlier in the week it looked like we would need additional assistance, but now we are in the position to offer extra crews to help others. Rest assured that we will still have crews stationed here to respond to any additional outages should they occur.

If you see any downed or sagging power lines please stay away from them and report them to us as these lines can still be energized. Thank you again to all of our members and please keep those in the affected areas in your thoughts.


Sept. 15, 2018 – 9:00 A.M.

Information covering the wind and flooding threat
Informacion de vientos y inundaciones (presione aqui)


Sept. 15, 2018 – 7:30 A.M.

We continue to experience scattered outages as trees or limbs come into contact with power lines. We expect this to continue as long as the rain and winds persist. Our staff will continue to respond as long as conditions are safe. We appreciate our members’ patience throughout this storm.

Cooperative members are encouraged to stay vigilant and heed local advisories as the storm moves slowly across the state and impacts continue to be felt. Most hurricane-related fatalities result from drowning, and motorists are urged to not drive on flooded roadways. Everyone is also reminded to never go near downed or sagging power lines and should be aware that fallen lines could be hidden by debris or high water. Always assume power lines are energized, and report damage to Piedmont Electric immediately.

A tree on a line near Union Grove resulting in an outage during Hurricane Florence

A tree on a line near Union Grove resulting in an outage during Hurricane Florence.


Sept. 14, 2018 – 8:50 A.M.

We have restored an outage in Mebane that was the result of a pine tree falling on a power line. We will respond to outages immediately as long as conditions are safe. However, changing conditions may force work to stop and start throughout the duration of the storm.


Sept. 14, 2018 – 8:00 A.M.

Information covering the wind and flooding threat

Informacion de vientos y inundaciones (presione aqui)


Sept. 13, 2018 – 5:00 P.M.

We are prepared to respond to power outages from Hurricane Florence. Because we are based in the communities we serve, we can begin restoration efforts as soon as conditions are safe.

Restoring power after a major storm event is a big job that involves much more than simply throwing a switch or removing a tree from a line. The main goal is to restore power safely to the greatest number of members in the shortest time possible. To learn more about power restoration after a storm, check out the latest update from Steve Hamlin, Piedmont Electric President and CEO.


Sept. 13, 2018 – 2:35 P.M.

Information covering the wind and flooding threat

Informacion de vientos y inundaciones (presione aqui)


Sept. 12, 2018 – 4:45 P.M.

Informacion de vientos y inundaciones (presione aqui)

Information covering the wind and flooding threat


Sept. 12, 2018 – 10:50 A.M.

Known local shelters for Hurricane Florence as of Sept. 12, 2018 at 10:50 A.M.:

Alamance County
Lambs Chapel
Haw River
Opens Thursday at 10:00 am

Caswell County
None listed at this time.

Durham County
Bahama Ruritan Club
8202 Stagville Road

Hillside High School
3727 Fayetteville Road
Opens 6:00 pm Wednesday

Granville CountyNot open at this time. If conditions change, they are prepared to reopen quickly.
Northern Granville Middle School
Opens 10 am on Thursday

Orange County
Smith Middle School
9201 Seawell School Road, Chapel Hill
Opens Wednesday at 4 pm

CW Stanford Middle School
308 Orange High School Road, Hillsborough
Opens Wednesday at 4 pm

Person County
Clement Baptist Church Shelter
8480 Burlington Road
Hurdle Mills NC 27541

Emergency Services Training Center Shelter
367 Helena-Moriah Road
Timberlake NC

Warren Grove United Methodist Church Shelter
1511 Wesleyan Road
Roxboro NC 27573

Social Services Shelter
355 South Madison Blvd.
Roxboro NC 27573


Sept. 11, 2018 – 2:56 P.M.

Piedmont Electric has been closely monitoring Hurricane Florence and is prepared should any outages occur. We urge our members to be prepared and safe as well. Please take a moment to listen to this special message from Steve Hamlin, our President and CEO.

For the most updated outage details, stay tuned to our website, Facebook and Twitter pages.


Sept. 10, 2018

Piedmont Electric is closely monitoring the storm and is prepared to respond at a moment’s notice. We encourage our members to be prepared and informed as well. You can stay up to date with co-op news on our website, Facebook and Twitter pages. Thank you for being members of Piedmont Electric and please be safe.

  • National Weather Service updates here.
  • Outage Reporting Number: 800.222.3107
  • Live Outage Map
  • Are you prepared?
    • Outage resource page here.
    • Create an emergency preparedness kit, learn more here.
    • Monitor the weather here.