Despite shifting course, Hurricane Dorian remains a major threat to our area. The storm is now a Category 5 with winds exceeding 185 miles per hour.
As with any hurricane, plan for strong winds, heavy rains and possible flooding. Keep safety top of mind and stay tuned to local news for the latest advisories from the National Weather Service, as well as state and local emergency management officials.
As we prepare for whatever Hurricane Dorian may have in store for our state, we encourage you to do the same. Storm conditions like these can cause substantial damage to homes and businesses, as well as our electrical infrastructure. More importantly, they can also create significant dangers for everyone. Please stay safe and follow these safety reminders:
Stay away from downed power lines and electrical wires. DO NOT drive over or stand near downed lines. Remember that power lines can be hidden by debris and floodwaters so use extreme caution in these areas.
Plan for special medical needs. Make sure family and friends with special needs prepare in case of an extended power outage.
Have an emergency plan. Think through and discuss what you and your family will need to do during an emergency.
Prepare your emergency kit. Gather items you may need during an outage and have them ready in case of an emergency.
If rising water threatens your home, or if you evacuate your home, turn off your power at the circuit breaker panel or fuse box.
If you have electrical service to facilities (piers, outside lighting on seawalls, etc.) on or near the water, have a qualified electrical contractor de-energize this service to avoid injuries and equipment damage.