No outages occurred for members of Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation overnight and as of 6 a.m. Thursday. Weather predictions continue to call for a wintry mix Thursday, so, as a precaution, members are advised to keep the cooperative’s PowerLine outage reporting number handy in case outages begin: 1-800-448-2383.


Blue Ridge Electric features an online Storm Room complete with an online outage map, preparedness and safety tips, videos, and other resources at


As a safety precaution, Blue Ridge Electric reminds the public that downed power lines can still be energized and therefore dangerous or even deadly! Stay far away from downed power lines--no one except a trained line technician should ever handle a downed power line. If you see a downed line, please report the location immediately to Blue Ridge Electric by calling any local district office or 1-800-451-5474.


In addition to the online outage map at, the cooperative also provides information during widespread outages on its Facebook page at and Twitter page at


Blue Ridge Electric serves some 74,000 members in Caldwell, Watauga, Ashe, Alleghany, Wilkes, Avery and Alexander counties.


Photo: Crew leader Anthony Ford prepares for special storm response.