Hazardous Weather Outlook & Flash Flood Watch for our Service Territory 4/29-4/30

The National Weather Service in Raleigh has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook & Flash Flood Watch for Tuesday, April 29-Wednesday and April 30 for Central NC (which includes our service territory).  We will be carefully monitoring this weather system and are prepared for potential power outages.  Because Piedmont Electric is located in the communities we serve, restoration crews are always on-site and can begin restoration work quickly.  Piedmont Electric members are asked to call our Outage Reporting number at 800.449.2667 to report an outage or call 800.222.3107 to talk with a Member Services Representative.  Please exercise caution around downed power lines.  To report a downed power line call us at 800.222.3107.

Listed below is the NOAA information:

Hazardous Weather Outlook

THERE IS A THREAT FOR SCATTERED SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS THIS AFTERNOON THROUGH EARLY EVENING. THE MAIN SEVERE WEATHER RISKS WILL BE DAMAGING WIND GUSTS…LARGE HAIL AND ISOLATED TORNADOES.   THE SEVERE WEATHER RISK APPEARS TO BE GREATEST BETWEEN 1 PM AND 10 PM THOUGH AN ISOLATED SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CANNOT BE RULED OUT OVERNIGHT. THE STORMS WILL ALSO PRODUCE LOCALLY HEAVY TO EXCESSIVE RAINFALL WHICH MAY RESULT IN FLASH FLOODING.

Flash Flood Watch

ANOTHER ROUND OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WILL AFFECT THE REGION WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH WEDNESDAY EVENING. THE MAIN SEVERE WEATHER THREATS WILL BE DAMAGING WINDS…LARGE HAIL…AND A FEW TORNADOES. THE SEVERE WEATHER THREAT APPEARS TO BE GREATEST BETWEEN 2 PM AND MIDNIGHT. IN ADDITION…THE STORMS WILL PRODUCE VERY HEAVY RAINFALL WHICH MAY LEAD TO FLASH FLOODING.

…FLASH FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM THIS EVENING THROUGH LATE WEDNESDAY NIGHT…

PERIODS OF HEAVY RAINFALL MAY LEAD TO FLASH FLOODING IN URBAN   AND POOR DRAINAGE AREAS…ALONG WITH RAPID RISES OF CREEKS AND   STREAMS. IN ADDITION…MANY MAIN STEM RIVERS WILL ALSO BE SUSCEPTIBLE TO FLOODING THIS WEEK.

Please exercise caution during these types of storms.  

PEOPLE ACROSS CENTRAL NORTH CAROLINA NEED TO KEEP ABREAST OF THE LATEST WEATHER INFORMATION TODAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY NIGHT. HAVE A SOURCE OF WEATHER INFORMATION READILY AVAILABLE. ALSO…MAKE CONTINGENT PLANS NOW OF WHERE YOU WOULD GO TO TAKE SHELTER IN THE EVENT OF WEATHER EMERGENCY WHETHER YOU ARE AT HOME…WORK…OR IN YOUR CAR.

Learn more about Electrical Safety Precautions During Disasters here.