Power back on for thousands of Rappahannock Electric customers

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(WRIC) — Power is back on for tens of thousands of Rappahannock Electric Cooperative customers after they were without power overnight into the early morning. 

Many customers in Caroline, Spotsylvania, Louisa, and Hanover Counties were affected. And even though they got their power back quickly, it was still quite the surprise.

“Woke up where it was total darkness,” said one Rappahannock Electric Cooperative customer.

“I fell asleep on it. I had to go upstairs in the dark.”

Rappahannock Electric says a transmission line from Dominion Energy that feeds into Rappahannock’s lines went down around 11:50 p.m. on Wednesday. At one point, 22,000 customers were without power.

“My fan wasn’t running in the bedroom and then all of a sudden you know, you’re wondering okay, where’re the candles?” Robert Groat said. “You were not prepared for this.” 

Crews determined the failure occurred at a substation in Caroline County that directs electricity to 11 other REC substations serving members in six counties and the Town of Bowling Green.

By 3:15 a.m., REC crews were able to redirect the flow of power from other locations to restore electricity.

“REC crews responded immediately to search for the cause and to determine the best way to restore power as quickly and safely as we could,” said Maxie Rozell, manager of REC’s Eastern Region.

Dominion Power is still helping REC make repairs Thursday night. Members affected by last night’s outage may have experienced brief blinks today as repairs were completed and power flow was returned to normal. 

Now customers are worried about the storm on the way and whether it will knock out power. 

REC says they’re ready for the storm and any outages, but still, advise their customers to prepare for the worst. 

“I will certainly be filling my tubs with water and making sure I have enough water for my dogs and myself and laundry and things like that,” one Caroline County resident said. 

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