Power Outage Update from BEMC

by Feb 16, 2021Latest, South Brunswick

After tornadoes bring destruction to southeastern North Carolina, Brunswick Electric is working to restore power.

Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation (BEMC) is currently reporting more than 7,000 power outages caused by the severe weather that raged through their service area before midnight on February 15. The storm’s strength caused extensive damage to their transmission system by toppling poles and trees, impacting around 35,000 members at its peak.

BEMC Power Outage Tornado February 2021
Crews are out in force, working as quickly and safely as possible to restore power to cooperative members. With backfeeding technology, power was restored to around 10,000 members before 2 a.m. BEMC estimates that some of these outages will extend into the afternoon hours of Tuesday, February 16.

“Our priority is to restore power to all of our members across our service area as quickly and safely as possible,” says BEMC CEO Josh Winslow.

BEMC Pole Down Tornado 2021

“Our thoughts are with the individuals who have suffered loss as a result of these storms.”

The storm left the community around Ocean Ridge in Ocean Isle Beach with much devastation and dangerous conditions. Members are asked to be patient as BEMC coordinates with county officials to ensure safety in the area as restoration efforts progress.

For your safety, never go near downed or sagging power lines and be aware that fallen lines may be under debris. Always assume power lines are energized and report damage immediately by calling (800) 682-5309.

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