SECO Energy is tracking Hurricane Isaias as it moves closer to Florida. While Isaias’ track and intensity remain uncertain, SECO Energy is preparing for the weather effects this storm will likely bring to its service area.
The National Hurricane Center (NHC) forecasts that the storm will likely follow a path that will skirt Florida’s east coast and eventually make landfall in the Carolinas. The probable track has continued to shift east drawing away from a Florida landfall.
Forecasters predict SECO’s service area could begin to feel the effects of Hurricane Isaias beginning Saturday at 6 p.m. Members should expect heavy rains for at least 24 hours and sustained winds in the 30 mph range with gusts up to 40 mph.
Since the COVID-19 pandemic began in mid-March, SECO Energy has taken the necessary precautions to ensure the health and wellbeing of its employees and contractors. SECO’s line crews and contractors are the key to preserving service reliability for the cooperative’s more than 200,000 homes and businesses it serves. The COVID-19 protections instituted for SECO employees and contractors could delay the restoration effort.
CEO Jim Duncan stated, “Since the 2020 hurricane season began, SECO has been in regular contact with our weather forecasters for information about storms brewing in the tropics. We will continue to closely watch Hurricane Isaias and prepare to deploy field personnel to restore outages if needed in our area. If you haven’t refreshed your hurricane season supplies from last year, now is the time.”
Duncan also reminded members that SECO Energy’s StormCenter outage reporting and communications platform offers outage alerts. “StormCenter is available for members to report outages using their smartphones or tablets 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Members should also enroll in outage notifications and alerts via email, text or voice message, or all three. An alert is sent when the system recognizes that your service has been interrupted. The alert will include crew status and an estimated restoration time. You’ll also receive a notification when the service is restored, and we will include the cause of the outage if it is known at that time.”
Members should visit StormCenter and bookmark the site on their smartphones or tablets. On StormCenter, members can view the outage map, enroll or manage your notifications, check the status of an existing outage, report an area light outage and more.