Over 3,000 MEC Members Without Power During Lightning Storm

BULLHEAD CITY, AZ – Severe lightning storms with high winds caused scattered outages in Mohave Electric Cooperative’s service territory early Tuesday morning. MEC crews responded to ten separate outages beginning at 1:15 a.m.

An outage in MEC’s eastern service area resulted in 2,546 MEC members without power due to storm damage to a pole ground wire. The outage occurred at 6:43 a.m. Crews responded and made repairs restoring power was at 8:07 a.m..

Another storm-related outage near Bullhead City Airport, resulted in 582 MEC members without power.

Manager of Engineering & Operations, Jerry Hardy stated, “Although we can’t control the weather, flying debris and trees blowing into electric lines during storms are a leading cause of power outages and can pose serious electrical hazards A tree limb may fall into a power line or electrical equipment which can cause a short. It is important for members to be aware of their surroundings at all times and keep trees 15 feet on either side of power lines.”

Outage restoration is very important to Mohave Electric Cooperative and every effort is made to restore power as quickly and safely as possible. Please remember, there are many ways to report an outage. You can call our toll-free line at 1-844-632-2667, text “outage” to 55050 from a number linked to your MEC account or use our SmartHub application on your mobile device to report the outage. With proper notifications setup though SmartHub, updates will come to you! Text notifications through our SmartHub application will come from our new number, 855-939-3789. You can also track outages on our website.

Founded in 1946, Mohave Electric Cooperative is a not-for-profit utility providing reliable, cost-effective power to 36,000 members, 42,500 meters, with more than 1,555 miles of line spanning areas from Bullhead City to Topock on the west, Hualapai to Burro Creek to the south, and Nelson to the east.