What To Do If There’s An Electrical Emergency During Ice Storm
Driving conditions will not be the only problems during tonight's forecasted ice storm. Electricity could be affected, too.
This afternoon's ice storm isn't something to blow off or take lightly. Many Rockford meteorologists are forecasting problematic weather that coincides with an Ice Storm Warning in effect from 3 p.m. until 6 a.m. Wednesday morning (02/26).
Along with presumably undrivable road conditions, ice-covered power lines and ice-covered trees could be a major problem. Not only could the weight of the ice cause power lines to falls, but the added weight on tree branches could also further affect the likelihood of downed power lines. This could cause power outages throughout the Rockford-area. ComEd has already begun to share what to do if there's a power-related emergency. WREX.com shared the tips moments ago.
For Power Outages
ComEd urges customers to contact the company immediately if they experience a power outage. Customers can text OUT to 26633 (COMED) to report an outage and receive restoration information, and can follow the company on Twitter @ComEd or on Facebook at Facebook.com/ComEd. Customers can also call 1-800 EDISON1 (1-800-334-7661), or report outages via the website at www.ComEd.com/report. Spanish-speaking customers should call 1-800-95-LUCES (1-800-955-8237).
For Downed Lines
If a downed power line is spotted, immediately call ComEd at 1-800-EDISON1 (1-800-334-7661). Spanish-speaking customers should call 1-800-95-LUCES (1-800-955-8237).
Never approach a downed power line. Always assume a power line is energized and extremely dangerous.
In the event of an outage, do not approach ComEd crews working to restore power to ask about restoration times. Crews may be working on live electrical equipment and the perimeter of the work zone may be hazardous.
ComEd has a plan in place and a workforce on call should problems arise. And they will.