Hurricane Matthew Update 10/9/16 1:00 pm

Piedmont Electric reports all outages restored by noon Sunday

  • More than 1,100 members were without power as a result of Hurricane Matthew Sunday morning in the Mebane area.
  • Piedmont Electric crews worked quickly and safely to restore power and had restored power to all members by noon on Sunday.
  • After restoring outages to all members, Piedmont Electric released crews to assist Central EMC, an electric co-op based in Sanford, NC, with restoring power.

Piedmont electric reports 7,600 outages at height of Hurricane Matthew

  • Piedmont Electric outages peaked at 4:02 p.m. with 7,600 members out.
  • Outages were concentrated in Orange County after a tree fell on a transmission line, cutting the power for more than 6,700 members.
  • Crews worked quickly and safely to restore power. Twelve outages affecting 187 members remained at 7:30 p.m.

HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. (10/8/16, 7:30 p.m.) – Piedmont Electric has restored power to more than 7,400 members as a result of Hurricane Matthew Saturday afternoon and evening.
The largest outages were concentrated in Orange County as the result of a tree falling on a transmission line. These types of lines bring large amounts of power to substations where the power is then distributed to individual homes and businesses.
At the height of the storm, outages affected more than 7,600 members spread across Piedmont Electric’s six county service area which includes: Alamance, Caswell, Durham, Granville, Orange and Person counties.
At the time of this news release, there are 12 outages affecting 187 members. Piedmont Electric crews will continue to work throughout the night until all members who can be restored have power. Crews and staff are ready to respond should more outages occur. If your power is out and you have not contacted Piedmont Electric, please call 800.449.2667.
Saturated grounds and flooding may result in additional outages. Piedmont Electric urges members to never touch a downed power line and remember that sometimes debris can cover fallen lines, making them difficult to spot. Be vigilant.
Piedmont Electric is a local, member-owned, not-for-profit electric cooperative serving more than 31,000 electric accounts in Alamance, Caswell, Durham, Granville, Orange and Person counties. Piedmont Electric exists to serve our members and improve the quality of life in our communities through local employment, economic development, business engagement, youth education, grants to educators, advocacy for energy issues, community involvement and emergency preparedness support. Visit for more information.

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