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Posted: Sunday, October 28, 2012 12:14 am

BREAKING NEWS -- Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) crews are preparing for possible interruptions in electric service. Winds and heavy rain is forecasted for this weekend and into Monday likely causing trees and limbs to fall onto power lines and creating outages.

In anticipation, REC has field personnel standing by to ensure service restoration is completed as quickly and safely as possible. With field forces already in place, other REC employees are transitioning from their normal work roles into storm assignments when needed in preparation for new outages, should they occur.

As REC readies for possible outages, members should also make preparations, having items like candles, matches, a can opener and a battery-powered radio on hand.A list of suggestions is available on the “Outage Center” section of the REC website. Information regarding the outage will be updated on both the website and Facebook page.

Any member who is dependent on electricity-powered medical equipment should take steps now to seek alternative shelter or a source of backup power, as appropriate.

To report an outage, affected people with smart phones should go to the REC website at myrec.coop and log into Web Self-Service and go to the My Outage page. For those who prefer to phone in to report an outage, if they’re in the Blue Ridge area, call 540-622-2001; in the Bowling Green area, call 804-633-5011; in Culpeper, call 540-825-8373; in Fredericksburg, call 540-898-8500; or call toll-free: 1-800-552-3904. Please keep in mind during major outages phone volume increases dramatically. Please take advantage of using a smart phone and report outages online.

Downed power lines are also extremely dangerous. If you see one, stay away, and call law enforcement or REC immediately at 1-800-552-3904. If you’re using portable generators, don’t connect them to home wiring system or outlets. It could cause high voltage feedback on power lines that could severely injure workers trying to restore power. Plug lights or other needed appliances directly into the portable generator itself.

REC provides electric service to over 155,000 connections in parts of 22 Virginia counties. With its general office in Fredericksburg, Va., Rappahannock maintains more than 16,000 miles of power lines through its service area, which ranges from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the tidal waters of the Chesapeake Bay.

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