Tracking Hurricane Dorian

9/5/2019 at 9:15 a.m. –

While the greatest wind impacts from Hurricane Dorian are expected east of I-95, it’s important to refresh yourself on proper generator use if you plan to use a generator if your power goes out this hurricane season.

Remember to use it in a well-ventilated area, and don’t connect to your electrical panel or fuse box.

9/4/2019 at 11:00 a.m. –

We’re continuing to monitor Hurricane Dorian and are prepared to respond.

We encourage our members to always be prepared for storms as well. Take a look at FEMA’s emergency kit list to make sure you’re ready throughout this hurricane season.

We stress the following safety tips in English and Spanish to help prevent life-threatening accidents.

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If you’re without electricity and want to use a portable generator, make sure you use it in a well-ventilated area. Don’t connect the generator to your home’s electrical panel or fuse boxes. It may cause electricity to feed back into the power lines, which can endanger linemen and damage electric service facilities. Si no tiene electricidad y desea usar un generador portátil, úselo en un área bien ventilada. No conecte el generador al panel eléctrico o a la caja de fusibles de su casa. Esto puede hacer que la electricidad fluya hacia los cables de alta tensión, lo cual puede poner en peligro a los trabajadores y dañar las instalaciones de la cooperativa de electricidad.
If your power is out following a storm and you must cook food with Sterno or charcoal, remember to do so outside in a well-ventilated area. Cooking indoors with Sterno or charcoal will produce deadly carbon-monoxide fumes. Si no tiene electricidad después de una tormenta y debe cocinar alimentos con combustible Sterno® o carbón, recuerde hacerlo afuera en un área bien ventilada. Cocinar dentro de la casa con Sterno® o carbón produce vapors mortales de monóxido de carbono.
Following a storm, debris can cover power lines that have fallen and even standing near downed lines can be dangerous. Recuerde, después de una tormenta puede haber escombros sobre los cables de alta tensión caídos y hasta pararse cerca de tales cables puede ser peligroso.

National weather service Raleigh. Most likely arrival time of tropical storm force winds. Thursday for our area.

9/3/2019 at 8:30 a.m. –

While the precise timing, path and impact of Hurricane Dorian remains uncertain, Piedmont Electric is ready to respond.

As Hurricane Dorian approaches, we encourage co-op members to keep their cell phones charged and consider purchasing an external cell phone battery pack, as prolonged outages are always a possibility following a hurricane. This will allow you to stay connected to necessary emergency and safety updates.

Remember to never go near a downed or sagging power line. Do not attempt to remove debris from power lines as the lines could still be energized and very dangerous.

If you experience an outage, you can report it through SmartHub, by calling us at 800.222.3107 or by texting us after you sign up for our outage alert program.

We will continue to post future updates on Facebook, Twitter and our website. Thank you for staying safe!

Storm safety tips

  • Never go near a downed or sagging power line. Do not attempt to remove debris from power lines as the lines could still be energized. Call 911 and report the downed line to Piedmont Electric.
  • Remember to conserve the battery in your phones to make emergency calls and consider purchasing an external cell phone battery pack.
  • Create an emergency outage kit which includes the following: flashlight, non-perishable foods, manual can opener, bottled water, battery-operated radio and clock, extra batteries and any medications you need.
  • If you have a generator, review your generator’s safety instructions before each use and only run a generator outdoors away from doors, windows and vents. A garage does not count as a well-ventilated space.
  • Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible. An unopened refrigerator will keep foods cold for about four hours.

Additional tips from the American Red Cross.

National Weather Service Raleigh map showing the earliest reasonable time for Hurricane Dorian to arrive which is estimated as Wednesday, Sept. 4.