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Crews Work to Restore Power Following Hurricane Arthur and Severe Thunderstorms

Crews are working to restore power in North Carolina, Virginia and South Carolina after Hurricane Arthur made landfall in North Carolina on Thursday night. Arthur is expected to impact New England by Friday evening. A tropical storm warning has been declared for parts of New England, including Cape Cod and Nantucket. Electric companies in Pennsylvania, New York and New England are also working to restore power for customers who were impacted by strong thunderstorms Thursday night.

If you live in the forecasted path of the storm, be prepared and be safe.

What you can do now:

  • Read EEI’s hurricane-safety tips.
  • Develop an emergency plan that addresses any special medical needs you or your family members have. Call your local emergency management office to discuss necessary arrangements.
  • Have your Emergency Outage Kit stocked and readily available.
  • Know all evacuation routes if you live close to the coast. If you or anyone you know has special needs in case of evacuation, contact your local emergency management office. Find the phone number at
  • Pay attention to local weather reports on the radio, television, or Internet.
  • Stock up on non-perishable food, water, medications, and any other necessities such as infant supplies to avoid the need for travel during the storm. If called to evacuate, do so immediately.
  • Learn what to do in case of a power outage.

If a severe storm does hit your area:

  • Stay in a secure room and away from windows. Remain indoors.
  • Monitor weather bulletins on a battery-powered radio.
  • Turn off power to flood-prone basement appliances if it is safe to do so. However, if using an electrically operated sump pump, you should not turn off the power.
  • If using a personal generator, please take all recommended precautions. Never use a generator inside your home, garage, crawl space, other enclosed areas, or anywhere exhaust fumes can enter into enclosed spaces. Fatal, odorless fumes can build up quickly and opening doors and windows or using fans will not prevent carbon dioxide buildup in the home.
  • Stay away from downed power lines and always treat fallen wires and anything touching them as though they are energized. Immediately report downed lines to your electric company.
  • If your power goes out, report your outage immediately to your local electric company. Don’t rely on your neighbors to report your outage.

Severe Weather and Reliability:

In addition to customer safety, the electric power industry’s top priority is to provide a reliable supply of on-demand power. Discover how the industry responds to outages caused by severe weather:

Don’t forget to visit your local electric company’s Web site for the latest updates and guidance on how to prepare for storms.

For more hurricane safety and preparation tips, visit the National Hurricane Survival Initiative.