THURSDAY, APRIL 15, 3:30 P.M.: BLEC asks all members to prepare now for THE POTENTIAL of an unplanned outage today (Friday, April 16.) A Red Flag Warning is in effect Friday 4/16, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. In the interest of public safety, Blachly-Lane Electric Cooperative substations throughout the system MAY be shut off during this time if hour-by-hour conditions require it for public safety. If it is determined that the dry windy weather event poses a threat to our system, and BLEC will taking preventative measures to mitigate the risk of wildfires and major outages. Wind is projected to gust up to 30 mph. BLEC asks all members to prepare now for the potential of an unplanned outage. If a public safety power shutoff occurs, be prepared for a lengthy restoration period, as every line will need to be physically patrolled before it can be turned back on.
UPDATE: 5:30 p.m. Friday: Winds are beginning to steadily calm, and humidity is expected to rise this evening as the winds fall. Our substation breakers remain set to high sensitivity, but things are moving in the right direction for system safety. We are not 100% out of the woods yet, and we remain vigilant yet optimistic. Thank you for allowing us to serve you.
UPDATE: 11 a.m. Friday: To clarify, a Public Safety Power Shutoff will occur ONLY IF circumstances on the ground require it for safety. Red Flag Warnings are issued by the National Weather Service based on forecasts, which vary in accuracy-- no one can precisely predict weather events. Your power WILL REMAIN ON unless circumstances on the ground deem it unsafe to do so. Our message is to be prepared. We are closely monitoring winds and humidity levels. Our hope is to not need to activate a Public Safety Power Shutoff, and will only do so if circumstances require. Thank you for being ready and prepared just as you do when a winter ice storm is in the forecast.