Birds, rain, and strong wind gusts in northwest Arizona were the contributing factors resulting in three outages throughout the Mohave Electric Cooperative service area Sunday. These outages affected approximately 2,000 members for up to a three-hour duration.
MEC crews were battling the elements to restore power to affected areas. Storms that formed may have produced locally strong wind gusts and brief heavy rainfall throughout last night.
“When weather complications occur, it’s nice to know our members care about our electric system reliability and keep trees trimmed away from the power lines, or report the trees when they grow too close to electric facilities,” said Rick Campos, Chief Operating Officer of Mohave Electric Cooperative. MEC does its best to respond as quickly as possible but please be sure flashlights are working and easily accessible.
Trees, branches, wildlife, and other objects are a common problem associated with high winds and can obstruct lines and interfere with service to members. Tips on reducing such hazards can be found on the MEC website www.mohaveelectric.com.
MEC encourages members to report outages. Call the toll-free number (844) 632-2667. The automated outage-reporting system makes reporting easy and improves response and restoration time. To take advantage of the benefits of this system, be sure MEC has a current phone number. Members can also text in an outage, by texting “outage” to 55050 from a phone number that is linked to their account. Outage restoration is very important to Mohave Electric Cooperative and every effort is made to restore power as quickly and safely as possible.