Coastal Electric Cooperative is closely monitoring Hurricane Ian’s trajectory and changes to predictions on how the storm will affect our customers.
We have been patrolling our main feeder lines serving the coastal communities in Liberty, Bryan and McIntosh Counties looking for “danger trees” outside our normal 30’ right of way. We have identified a number of dead trees; if they were to fall, they could damage our power lines. We’re cutting those trees today in anticipation of brisk tropical storm winds.
Impacts are expected to begin as early as Thursday and last through Saturday with wind gusts expected to be 34 mph or more. Because the soil is already saturated from recent rain, the primary concern is that more heavy rain will likely result in downed trees across our power lines.
As the storm makes its way through our service area, our right-of-way crews and linemen will immediately respond as long as it is safe to do so. For their safety, our linemen will monitor weather conditions at all times and will shelter in place if sustained winds reach 39 mph. Work will resume once wind speeds die down.
We urge everyone to stay well clear of any downed power line or even trees or limbs that are touching a downed power line. Lines that appear dead can remain energized, even lying on the ground.
A person can receive a fatal electrocution from standing on wet ground near an energized line. Please take no chances!
Our customer service lobby in Richmond Hill and Midway will be closed Friday, but all of our employees will be working on storm duty.
The easiest way to report a power outage is with our mobile app or you can call (800) 421-2343. We will also be posting frequent updates to our Facebook page at Facebook.com/MyElectricCoop.