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Transmission Failure Causes Massive Power Failure on Va.'s Eastern Shore

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A screen grab of ANEC's outage map as of 1:15am A screen grab of ANEC's outage map as of 1:15am

TASLEY, Va. - The A&N Electric Cooperative (ANEC) says a transmission failure caused a massive power outage on the Eastern Shore Thursday night into early Friday morning.

The outage was first reported around 11:30 pm Thursday with thousands of people without power in both Accomack and Northampton Counties.

ANEC said crews would be working and be on stand-by throughout the night and early morning hours to get power restored, however they did not offer any indication as to when that would be. The company was encouraging members to check their Facebook page for updates and to check their outage map. This map was having some technical issues for part of the night, but as of 1am, the map had been restored.

ANEC encouraged everyone to be safe and to follow these simple guidelines:

• Please report any power related issues such as outages or down power lines to A & N at (757) 787-9750 or (800) 431-2632.
• If you are using a portable electric generator, do not connect it directly to household wiring. Power from generators can back feed along power lines and electrocute anyone coming in contact with them, including line workers making repairs. 
• Those without power are urged to exercise extreme caution if using candles for emergency lighting, and to not leave burning candles unattended. They are also urged to cut off heaters and other major appliances until after power is restored. 

ANEC provides electric service to over 35,000 connections in Accomack and Northampton Counties. With its general office in Tasley, Va., ANEC operates and maintains more than 2400 miles of power lines through its service area on the Eastern Shore of Virginia.
 

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