SALISBURY, Md.- With any kind of weather event like Wednesday's coastal storm, there is always a concern for power outages. Officials at Delmarva Power said they have been monitoring the storm for days now, and are fully prepared to handle whatever comes our way.
All throughout Wicomico County Wednesday, winds howled and rains poured.
"It's cold and rainy and it makes you not want to go to class, and apparently lights were flickering this morning at my neighbors house," said Billy Moran of Salisbury.
Like many people across Delmarva, Moran is just hoping his power holds up through the storm.
"If it makes the electric go out, then I have no heat," he explained. "And with no heat after a half hour, my house is freezing. It's unbearable."
Inside the walls of Delmarva Power, officials spent the day keeping a close eye on the storm and the outage numbers.
Spokesman Matt Likovich said the company is working hard to keep the lights on for its customers.
"The problems have been from the high winds, bringing down wires," he noted. "Trees onto wires, causing wires and poles to come down. But we've been able, so far, to get out there and correct the problems as quickly and as safely as possible."
During the early part of the day, outages stayed at a minimum. But in this kind of weather, Likovich said things can change quickly.
"I can only urge customers at this point, if the winds continue to be at sustaining levels like they are now, there is the possibility there could be extended power outages. So, we always tell customers to be prepared, in terms of having what you need in the event the lights are out for an extended length of time."
Likovich said if you see downed power lines, you should always assume the lines are energized, and call your power company immediately. All outages should also be reported to the power company, and never to 9-1-1.
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