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Gibson EMC customers lose power again

Gibson EMC customers lose power again

Posted: Tuesday, April 26, 2011 9:02 pm

About 1,500 Gibson Electric Membership Corp. customer-owners’ homes and businesses are without power today.
The outages were caused by strong winds during storms Monday night and early today which initially affected about 10,000 customers throughout the cooperative’s northwest Tennessee service area.
Gibson EMC President and CEO Dan Rodamaker said most most of the outages are now concentrated in Gibson and Crockett counties, but some are in Obion and Dyer counties. He said the co-op has seen toppled trees, snapped lines and broken poles.
He cautioned that members should prepare for an extended outage. Rod-amaker said with more severe weather in the forecast, members should prepare now for possible additional outages.
Crews have been working diligently to restore power since the outages began around 10:30 p.m. Monday. To keep them and others safe, Gibson EMC urges members to use extreme caution when installing and operating a generator. They ask that anyone planning to install a generator call their local Gibson EMC customer service center first.
In addition, they offer these tips:
• Hire a licensed electrician to install the generator.
• Plug appliances directly into the generator or use a heavy outdoor rated extension cord. The extension cord should be rated in watts or amps at least equal to the sum of the connected appliance loads.
• Never connect the generator to the household wiring. Doing so can back-feed along the power lines and electrocute anyone coming in contact with them, including lineworkers making repairs.
Finally, be sure to treat all electric lines as though they are energized. Downed electric lines are extremely hazardous. Do not touch or even go near downed lines or tree limbs that have fallen onto power lines. If you see a downed line, call Gibson EMC’s outage hotline at 1-800-977-4076 or call the local customer service center and report it immediately.
Gibson EMC is a rural electric cooperative which serves more than 35,000 customers through over 2,800 miles of electric line in Crockett, Dyer, Gibson, Lake, Obion and north Madison counties.
Published in The Messenger 4.26.11

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