Tornado Hits Belville, BEMC Restoring Power in Brunswick County
Around 39,000 Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation (BEMC) members in Brunswick County have had their powered restored following Hurricane Isaias.
Teams comprised of line workers, tree trimmers and safety specialists set out early this morning to bring back power to 4,300 cooperative members still impacted by Isaias.
The remaining outages are primarily in the hardest-hit parts of BEMC’s service area. Crews will continue their efforts today, clearing downed trees and debris and repairing and replacing damaged poles and lines until power is restored to all members whose homes can receive electric service. Amid these challenging conditions, and with additional, pandemic-related safety measures in place, cooperative officials urge members to keep safety top of mind.
In addition, several residents in the Olde Towne subdivision in Belville, reported touchdowns of suspected tornadoes in the development between 9 and 10 p.m. Monday night. Several trees were knocked down and homes were damaged along N and S Olde Towne Wynd.
· If you are without power and are planning to use a portable generator, it is important to strictly follow the manufacturer’s specifications and recommendations. Never connect a portable generator directly to a home’s wiring. Instead, use an extension cord to plug lights and appliances into the generator.
· Only use generators and charcoal grills in well-ventilated outdoor areas; a garage is not a well-ventilated area.
· Use caution near work areas to keep line restoration crews safe and allow them to focus on power restoration efforts. When driving, if you see crews on the side of the road, slow down and move over.
· Please remember to never touch a downed power line; fallen lines can remain energized and pose serious dangers. Do not try to cut or clear limbs from power lines.