Linemen Responding to Outages Expected to Last Through the Night Due to Weather

Lenoir, North Carolina - (Jan 17, 2013, 10:30 p.m. Update)

Linemen with Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation will continue working tonight although weather is predicted to worsen and outages will continue as a result of heavy wet snow and winds followed by days of rain which is bringing down trees and affecting power lines across the mountains of North Carolina.

Outages are down from 8,000 earlier this evening with currently 4,600 members without power in Ashe County, 1,050 members in Alleghany County and 604 members in Watauga County.

Sister cooperative crews have been called to assist in power restoration efforts due to the severity of the storm and the possibility that outages will continue through Friday.

Blue Ridge Electric members should call the cooperative's PowerLine at 1-800-448-2383 to report outages. Employees are working around the clock to monitor the system, respond to member needs and restore power as quickly as possible.

Blue Ridge Electric reminds the public that downed power lines can still be energized and therefore dangerous or even deadly! Stay far away from downed power lines and report them immediately to the cooperative.

For checking outage status, Blue Ridge Electric provides an online outage map at, where news releases and safety tips can be found. Updates are also available on the cooperative's social media sites at: and

Blue Ridge Electric serves some 74,000 members in Caldwell, Watauga, Ashe, Alleghany, Wilkes, Avery and Alexander counties.


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