US utility Dominion Energy says it is tracking and preparing for the potential that Hurricane Michael will cause power outages as it makes its way north.
The powerful, fast-moving hurricane is expected to blow through the Carolinas and parts of Virginia Thursday evening into Friday morning, with tropical-force winds and torrential rain that can bring down trees and power lines.
The storm is expected to bring flooding and widespread outages. The company is staging crews and materials ahead of the storm so it can be ready to assess damage and restore power as soon as weather conditions are safe.
Ed Baine, senior vice president of Electric Distribution, said: "We are closely monitoring Hurricane Michael and positioning crews and supplies so we can respond as soon as it's safe to do so.
"We urge our customers to be ready, have an emergency plan and use an abundance of caution in the aftermath of this potentially dangerous storm."
To report outages, consumers can::
- Set up an online account to easily report and track power outages from any mobile device.
- Bookmark the firm’s website, DominionEnergy.com, on mobile devices.
- Visit https://www.dominionenergy.com/outage-center/report-and-check-outages or call 1-866-DOM-HELP (1-866-366-4357).