SECO Energy is StormReady and preparing for Hurricane Dorian’s effects on its service area next week. Line and tree crews from out of state begin arriving Monday and throughout the remainder of the week as needed to assist with restoration efforts.
Hurricane Dorian has strengthened to a CAT 5 hurricane and is moving west at 8 mph with maximum sustained winds of 160 mph. A slower westward motion should occur over the next days or two, followed by a gradual turn toward the northwest. Dorian should move closer to Florida’s east coast late Monday through Tuesday night. Currently, the eye is predicted to stay about 110 miles off the Treasure Coast.
For SECO Energy members, the current forecast means that the service territory will begin experiencing 30-35 mph sustained winds and 55 mph gusts starting Tuesday morning through Tuesday night. These conditions will undoubtedly result in outages. Trees will fall in already heavily saturated areas – bringing down lines and toppling poles. SECO has planned in advance for the storm. Crews from out of state begin arriving Monday and throughout the remainder of the week as needed from Alabama, New Jersey, Texas, Rhode Island, New York and Pennsylvania.
CEO Jim Duncan stated, “Hurricane Dorian’s track has been unpredictable, and the latest forecast may offer members a false sense of security. SECO’s service territory and Central Florida remain in the cone which puts us at risk of tropical-storm force winds and heavy rain. We are StormReady and caution members to remain on guard for this storm.”
SECO Energy’s Hurricane Handbook is available on SECOEnergy.com by clicking on the homepage banner. The Hurricane Handbook offers members tips for preparing before, during and after a storm. The cooperative has included tips on generator safety, downed power line safety, electric system 101, Florida’s Move Over Law and more.
StormCenter is SECO Energy’s outage and communications platform for members to report outages, check the status of an existing outage and enroll in outage communications and alerts via email, text, voice or all three. Visit StormCenter today and bookmark on your smartphone or tablet to report outages quickly and easily. Once the hurricane has passed SECO’s area later next week, members should use our Daily Restoration Plan Map to identify if crews are working in their area that day. Visit SECOEnergy.com and click on the homepage banner to access the map.