As Hurricane Florence bears down on the Carolinas, Delmarva Power says it’s ready, if necessary, to respond locally to power outages and downed lines.
Even though Florence is not expected to make a direct hit on Delmarva, the hurricane could still cause problems, according to Delmarva Power Spokesman Jake Sneeden.
“With a storm like this, even though it’s not a direct impact, we’re still looking at the potential for additional rain on top of the rain we’ve already received over the last week and over the last few months, as well as gusty winds and the potential for coastal flooding which could also impact our system,” said Sneeden.
Sneeden says the utility has 250 line workers and overhead line contractors on hand, in case the lights go out.
He says Delmarva Power also has 133 tree-trimming personnel, as well as crews from its sister companies Atlantic City Electric and Pepco, available to assist should the need arise.
Sneeden stresses you should never touch a downed electric wire. Just report it immediately to Delmarva Power. Outages and downed wires can be reported by calling Delmarva Power immediately at 800-898-8042 or by using the utility’s mobile app.
Sneeden suggests people have a flashlight with fresh batteries on each floor of their home in case the power goes out - as well as charging cell phones in advance and having an updated emergency supply kit handy.