REC storm prep information

Rappahannock Electric (REC) issues a reminder that the National Weather Service predicts heavy rain, with the potential for severe storms, and powerful winds from late Saturday through early Monday.

REC is prepared to respond to any power outages, and urge you to prepare now, as well.

Bookmark the Outage Map on your mobile device: https://outagemap.myrec.coop/

Make sure your Outage Kit is stocked: https://myrec.coop/stormprep

Bookmark REC’s Outage Center.

You can track outage restoration and report an outage using your smart phone: https://www.myrec.coop/outagecenter

If you lose power, *please do not report your outage on social media*.

Instead, to ensure we have your outage logged, please use your smart phone to report your outage online:

https://www.myrec.coop/out

Take Advantage of IMPROVED Outage Text Alerts.

You can now report an outage through a text message and can also text key words such as STATUS to get the latest on an outage impacting your home or business.

Learn more: https://myrec.coop/outage-text-alerts

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SVEC restore power

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An email from Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative (SVEC) reports that only about 19 members lost power in yesterday’s storm.

If you are still without power SVEC assures members that it will be restored today as crews deal with the weather as best and safely as they can.

Often the type of snow can make all the differences when it comes to power loss.

The heavy type of wet snow lays heavy on lines and tree limbs which can often cause an outage.

A lighter snow like last night causes less damage but the ice will cause concern especially when it comes to repair.

Anyone without power should always report it at SVEC.coop.

You can also connect easily to SVEC with the MySVEC app now available.

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Gov. Northam declares a state of emergency ahead of Sun. 1/16 storm

An email from Gov. Northam confirms a state of emergency has been declared ahead of this Sun. Jan 16 storm.

Emergency services, Virginia State Police, Power Providers have all confirmed by email and social post that they are fully prepared for the impending storm.

The winter storm watch is posted for Sunday afternoon into Monday morning with 6 to 12 inches possible by Monday morning’s Jan. 17’s Federal Holiday.

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has confirmed in a social post that they have already begun pre-treating the roads.

Motorist are asked not to travel especially during the heaviest snow fall likely Sunday afternoon Jan. 16 unless absolutely necessary.

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National Weather Service investigates possible tornado

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The National Weather Service is investigating to confirm if it was a tornado that touched down in Jefferson County West Virginia last night.

The powerful storm raced across Jefferson County last night around 7 p.m..

The storm caused damage and injured one person at the Universal Forest Products facility in Ranson West Virginia.

The possible tornado also damaged a home in Jefferson County.

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