Snow may be pretty, but it made a pretty big mess in Macon and Shelby counties Thursday. According to Macon Electric Cooperative marketing and communications manager, Kami Mohn, she started receiving calls about power outages around 8 a.m. “It was all weather related mostly due to strong winds,” said Mohn. “We had guys in all directions and all our crews out working on outages. It was a very long day.”
Various specific causes like broken poles, lines hitting together or trees getting in the lines were some of the results of the wind.
When outages like this occur, Mohn recommends checking your main breaker or fuse box to make sure the problem isn’t on your end first and to also check with your neighbors to see if they are experiencing the same problems. “It is helpful for us to know if it is an individual outage or line outage,” said Mohn. “And if you have a critical need for power, definitely have a backup plan because sometimes it takes some time.”