Randolph Electric, extra crews working to restore power

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ASHEBORO, N.C. — Randolph Electric Membership Corporation is reporting progress overnight in restoring outages in Randolph, Alamance and Chatham counties hit hardest by the recent storm.

Officials said line crews from Randolph EMC, Pee Dee EMC, Tri-County EMC, Union Power, Rutherford EMC, Lee Electric and Pike Electric and tree-trimming crews worked steadily overnight and will continue to work Saturday to restore power to 76 remaining outages affecting 3,600 members as of 9:30 a.m.

Additional crews from Pike Electric reportedly arrived this morning to assist in restoration.

Downed lines and trees have impeded travel in many locations, making progress slow-going for crews.

As temperatures rise and members become more active Saturday, officials urge the public to avoid areas where utility crews are working and not to attempt to cut trees that could be in contact with a power line.

Officials said all downed or low-hanging lines should be treated as “live” lines, and people should stay well away from them.

For the latest updates on power outage progress, visit REMC’s online Outage Map at http://www.RandolphEMC.com.