Crew members from a Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative (NOVEC) contractor replace a broken utility pole after a tornado in 2017. Photo courtesy of NOVEC.
The storm season has hit the United States.
This year, residents have been experiencing a lengthy period of active tornadoes, the Weather Channel reports.
In Northern Virginia, a storm on May 25 damaged nine transformers, broke 14 utility poles, and left 6,000 customers without power, Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative (NOVEC) Operations Center Manager Jill Scherzer commented.
NOVEC in Manassas is encouraging community members to prepare for future storms. According to a press release by NOVEC, the Atlantic hurricane season started Saturday.
NOVEC recommends community members create a storm safety plan.
It is advised for people to store important documents in a waterproof file box.
If a tornado is approaching, do not try to out run it. Instead, go to a designated place inside your home. The best location is in a basement or cellar.
In the event of a power outage, stay away from downed power lines, poles, and wet pavement. Metal debris hiding live wires can electrocute anyone who touches it.
For more information, visit NOVEC or call (703)-335-0500.
This article was written by Staff Writer Amber Dunn.
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