This wicked winter weather has put area power companies on alert.
Crews prepare for whatever Mother Nature throws our way.
The wiregrass turned into a winter wonderland on Friday, causing some concern for local power companies.
“Certainly when you have frozen precipitation anything of that nature it does create some possibilities for outages,”
Brad Kimbro with Wiregrass Electric Cooperative says so far, they've avoided any problems.
“We haven’t had any power outages as a result of the weather today,”
He says it's not the snow he's worried about.
“As long as its just snow like it's been in our service area, we'll probably be O. It's the freezing rain hat really causes the havoc on the power lines. It’s just much heavier and it causes the lines to sag and break and the poles to break when the limbs fall on them,”
Kimbro says when a weather event like this threatens the wiregrass, they review their emergency response plan.
He says the plan is usually implemented for hurricanes and tropical storms but can be easily translated into a situation like this.
“Every available crew is ready on stand by. We'll be here 24/7 manning the phones and should there be a power outage, we'll be on it,”
Kimbro says the unusual weather can also have unintended consequences on a power company.
“Roads being slick, you know that can even cause a power outage. A car could wreck and hit one of our poles and that could cause an outage. Cold weather like this, there's going to be more energy used to stay warm that could drive up the electric bills,”
“He hopes the worst, is over.
“Unless it turns to freezing rain it snowed light this morning and the forecast anticipates more here, but hopefully we'll be ok. The freezing rain is what really causes the trouble,”
If you are a customer of Wiregrass Electric Cooperative and are experiencing a power outage, just call their hotline at 888-469-6882.