As of 4 p.m., BEMC crews continue to energize line on the west end of Oak Island and will continue until all power is restored.
Power has been restored to 98% of Brunswick Electric's membership following Hurricane Isaias. The remaining outages are in the Oak Island area, one of the hardest hit by the storm. A majority of our workforce has been dispatched to this area and will remain vigilant to power restoration until all members' power is restored.
As of 3 pm Wednesday fewer than 3,000 Brunswick Electric service locations remained without power in the aftermath of Isaias. Our dedicated, highly trained line crews, assisted by 42 contract and co-op crews from both in and out of state, have restored power to 40,000 locations since the storm roared through the service territory early Tuesday morning. Crews will remain out in force until restoration efforts, which have been complicated by restoration points which are difficult to access, are complete.
The beach communities in our service area were hit particularly hard by what turned out to be a Category 1 hurricane, as Isaias strengthened before making landfall on Ocean Isle Beach. Oak Island experienced a significant overwash, and a four mile section of the town, at the guidance of Oak Island officials and mandatory evacuation orders, has been disconnected due to property and electrical equipment damage. BEMC crews are working on assessing damage and making necessary repairs there and throughout the service territory. Our thoughts and efforts are with these communities, and all members who experienced or are experiencing prolonged outages and property damage.
We’d like to thank all members for your support and patience as we complete the restoration process. Rest assured work will continue until every member has power restored.
Hurricane Isaias roared through our service area overnight, causing a peak total of 43,000 power outages for cooperative members. Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation (BEMC) line crews are working around the clock to ensure power is restored as quickly and safely as possible. BEMC’s crews are joined by 45 additional contract and co-op crews from unaffected parts of North Carolina and surrounding states. They are out in full force, assessing damage, clearing debris and tackling restoration.
BEMC encourages members to prepare for the possibility of extended outages, particularly in the hardest hit areas where flooding, fallen trees, and debris can impede line crews' access to restoration points.
We are seeing a steady decrease in outage numbers as crews continue to make repairs. To learn more about the restoration process, click here to watch Tips & Tools: Restoring Power After a Storm.
As always, our customer service representatives are available to answer your call and any questions you may have during normal business hours by calling 800-842-5871. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for frequent updates.
BEMC has been monitoring Isaias and making preparations for the storm’s potential effect on our service area. Our employees continue to prepare and plan for every possible scenario with one goal in mind: to work safely through potentially extreme weather to restore power if necessary. We are ready to put our knowledge, expertise, and dedication to work. With additional crews lined up in the event that they are needed, we have systems in place to ensure rapid restoration in the event of outages.
We’d like to offer some suggestions to help your household prepare for and handle storms or outages. Please refer to BEMC’s Hurricane Preparation Guide at which covers everything from supplies needed for your hurricane kit to generator safety. Another resource is NC Storm Center where you will find important information to protect your family during all types of severe weather.
Remember, if you see a downed power line or trees on power lines please stay back and DO NOT touch it. Always assume a downed power line is energized and could be deadly. Call (800) 682-5309 to report a downed line in your neighborhood.