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Electric Power Industry Prepares for Hurricane Michael

WASHINGTON (October 9, 2018) –
Electric companies in the path of Hurricane Michael are preparing now and urge customers to do the same. Potentially impacted companies are pre-positioning workers and equipment in the areas most likely to be hit by the storm, and additional mutual assistance crews from at least 18 states are en route to assist. Customers are urged to prepare now for the possibility of power outages. If ordered to evacuate, customers should do so immediately.

“Hurricane Michael is an extremely dangerous storm that continues to strengthen as it moves through the Gulf,” said EEI President Tom Kuhn. “This is a fast-moving storm, and strong winds, heavy rain, and storm surge have the potential to cause extreme damage and extended power outages. Electric companies in Michael’s path are ready. They have activated their emergency response plans, and are mobilizing restoration workers, staging equipment, and coordinating preparation and response efforts with federal, state, and local officials.” 

Power restoration is a team effort, and strong industry-government coordination and cross-sector collaboration are essential. The CEO-led Electricity Subsector Coordinating Council (ESCC), Department of Energy (DOE), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and FEMA are closely coordinating to support the ongoing preparation and staging activities, and the movement of mutual assistance crews.

“Ensuring the safety of customers, communities, and crews is the electric power industry’s highest priority,” said Kuhn. “After the storm hits, crews will work around the clock to restore power as conditions allow.”

Electricity customers in the path of the storm are urged to heed all warnings from their local and state officials. Please take extreme caution and watch for downed power lines that may be concealed by debris or water.

EEI’s Storm Center is a resource for real-time information and updates on storm preparation and restoration progress. It also includes a map of company outage centers. Customers can follow EEI on Twitter and Facebook​ for the latest updates.

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