With Hurricane Irene approaching, Dominion Virginia Power and Dominion North Carolina Power are readying repair crews and preparing equipment for emergency restoration work over the next several days. The company is asking its customers, especially those in coastal areas, to take steps to brace for the storm.
"This storm has serious potential to cause widespread damage," said Rodney Blevins, vice president-Distribution Operations for Dominion Virginia Power and Dominion North Carolina Power. "We are geared up to handle any situation as quickly and safely as possible. We are treating Hurricane Irene seriously, and we urge our customers to monitor local weather forecasts for changing conditions in order to remain safe."
The company has in place an outage reporting system, which consists of call-center representatives as well as an automated voice response unit that can handle up to 100,000 calls an hour.
Hurricane season for the western Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico runs from June 1 through Nov. 30.
According to NOAA's Climate Prediction Center, the 2011 Atlantic hurricane season is predicted (with 70% chance) to produce 12-18 named storms, of which 6-10 are expected to become hurricanes, and 3-6 are expected to become major hurricanes.
Dominion is one of the nation's largest producers and transporters of energy, with a portfolio of approximately 28,200 megawatts of generation. Dominion operates the nation's largest natural gas storage system and serves retail energy customers in 15 states.
Dominion prepares for Hurricane Irene in Virginia, North Carolina