More crews in place for potential power outages

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GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) - North Carolina’s 26 electric cooperatives say they are prepared to respond quickly if power outages occur during the winter storm.

Snow, ice and strong winds can lead to power outages, especially if tree branches fall onto power lines. Line crews are in place and ready to restore power as soon as it is safely possible, according to a release from the electric cooperatives.

The cooperatives suggest people prepare for the storm by charging cell phones and back-up power banks now, along with stocking an emergency preparedness kit.

Electric cooperative members are asked to report power outages or any dangerous situations caused by the storm to their local electric cooperative.

Tideland EMC says they have brought in 15 additional contract linemen and ten tree trimmers to help with power restoration as needed. However, crews might not be able to respond to power outages until after the sun comes up and roads are safe to travel.

If power does go out, Tideland says people should turn off all but one breaker for interior lights. When power is restored, breakers should be cut back on one at a time to help prevent utility system overloads.