Monday, May 20 2013 9:15 PM EDT2013-05-21 01:15:38 GMT
A massive tornado touched down to the southwest of Oklahoma City Monday afternoon. Starting out as a classic funnel it quickly became a giant half-mile wide wedge tornado as it proceeded east north eastMore >>
A massive tornado touched down to the southwest of Oklahoma City Monday afternoon.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 12:50 PM EDT2013-05-21 16:50:22 GMT
MOORE, OK (RNN) – In one of the few positive stories to come from the deadly tornadoes in Oklahoma, an elderly woman was reunited with a four-legged friend she thought was dead. Barbara Garcia, a residentMore >>
Elderly resident Barbara Garcia frantically called for her dog after the tornado had leveled her house, but with no success.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 7:16 PM EDT2013-05-17 23:16:53 GMT
One person has died in a crash near Harrisonville, MO, Thursday evening. The crash happened on Missouri Highway 7 and Walker Road. It involved a car and a tractor-trailer. Harrisonville is in Cass County.More >>
Savannah Nash celebrated her 16th birthday last week. She died Thursday when her car slammed into a semi while she was texting during her first time driving by herself.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 10:56 AM EDT2013-05-21 14:56:05 GMT
A North Carolina woman is charged with trying to poison five family members after one of them refused to share some cheese with her. A statement from the Nash County Sheriff's Office said 24-year-oldMore >>
A North Carolina woman is charged with trying to poison five family members after one of them refused to share some cheese with her.More >>
Utility companies statewide are standing-by in case of severe weather.
North Carolina Electric Cooperatives
North Carolina's electric cooperatives are on standby and ready to restore power as quickly as possible if outages should occur as a result of the predicted winter storm.
"The state's 26 electric cooperatives are carefully monitoring this winter weather system and are prepared for possible power outages in the 93 counties served by the cooperatives," said Jane Pritchard, director of corporate communications for the North Carolina Association of Electric Cooperatives.
Because North Carolina's electric cooperatives are located in the communities they serve, restoration crews are always on-site and can begin work immediately.
Electric cooperative members are asked to call their cooperative directly if they experience a disruption in power. For a complete list of phone numbers to report outages and a list of counties served by each co-op, refer to www.ncelectriccooperatives.com.
North Carolina's electric cooperatives provide energy to 2.5 million people.
BLUE RIDGE ELECTRIC MEMBERSHIP CORPORATION
Employees of Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation are also watching the storm.
Employees are monitoring severe winter weather predicted to bring snow and high winds to the cooperative's service in the mountains and foothills of northwest North Carolina.
The fastest, most efficient way to report an outage is by calling the cooperative's PowerLine at 1-800-448-2383.
Blue Ridge Electric offers the following safety and preparation tips to help members stay comfortable and safe if outages should occur.
Have the following supplies on hand, preferably in a central location that each member of the household can locate quickly if needed:
Flashlights and fresh batteries
Matches with firewood and kindling or
A grill with extra propane charcoal and lighter fluid
Radio with fresh batteries to listen to weather and news reports
Extra blankets, sleeping bags, quilts
Oil lamps and extra oil
Wind-up or battery operated clock
Manual can opener
Paper plates and plastic utensils
Bottled water or gallon jugs filled with water for drinking and cooking
Formula and extra diapers for babies
Thermos for keeping drinks and baby formula warm
Emergency numbers such as Blue Ridge Electric's PowerLine, local emergency management, police and hospital contacts.
Additionally, if you require a regular medication, be sure to keep extra supplies on hand. If you or a family member requires oxygen, it's a good idea to have a back-up power source and a personal emergency plan that includes family, friends or local emergency management sources to assist you if needed.
As a safety reminder, 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--no one except a trained line technician should ever handle a downed power line. If you see a downed line, please report the location immediately to Blue Ridge Electric by calling any local district office or 1-800-451-5474.
Blue Ridge Electric serves some 74,000 members in Caldwell, Watauga, Ashe, Alleghany, Wilkes, Avery and Alexander counties.
Energy is preparing for a winter storm expected to bring accumulations of snow
and ice to portions of the Carolinas.
Crews in western and central North
Carolina and South Carolina are preparing vehicles and materials to respond to
outages that may occur as a result of the storm. Additional resources from
within the Duke Energy system are also available to assist local crews as
will continue to evolve as the storm system approaches. Duke Energy is
preparing for accumulations of 4-12 inches in higher elevations, with other
areas seeing smaller accumulations.
If the power goes out The fastest way to report an outage is to call our automated
Energy Carolinas customers: 800.769.3766
Energy Carolinas customers: 800.419.6356
During and immediately following larger storms, restoration times
may be difficult to predict.
Duke Energy encourages customers in affected areas
to be prepared if an outage occurs. Customers with special needs who experience
an outage should be prepared to seek alternate shelter until service is
restored. Icy roadways also make restoration more difficult.
Safety Duke Energy advises customers to take the following precautions:
away from downed power lines. Keep children and pets away as well. Always
assume downed lines are energized. Call the outage reporting line
immediately if you see a downed line.
Do not stand under ice-laden limbs or power lines.
Be on the lookout for falling ice.
use a generator indoors. Always follow manufacturer instructions.
mobile phones in advance of the storm.
at least one battery-powered flashlight where it can be located easily in
the dark. Listen for storm information on a battery-powered radio. Keep an
extra supply of fresh batteries.
sure you are adequately stocked with canned goods and bottled water.
Make sure any indoor heaters, such as
wood stoves or kerosene heaters, have adequate ventilation to avoid carbon
monoxide poisoning. Likewise, make sure the flue of your fireplace is
working properly. Never use outdoor grills in the house.
sure you have adequate fuel on hand for supplementary heating sources,
such as a fireplace, wood-burning stove or kerosene heater.