The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory for Southwestern Illinois. The advisory, which forecasts gusts reaching 35 miles per hour, will be in effect from noon to 9 p.m.
“Strong winds may bring down branches and trees, and snap powerlines and utility poles,” said Joe Richardson, communications coordinator for the cooperative. “We want to caution members to be alert for sagging or fallen lines, and treat every powerline as if it’s energized,” he said.
Members who see downed or sagging power lines should stay clear of the area and contact Southwestern Electric Cooperative at (800) 637-8667. In addition, people clearing debris should look for sagging or fallen wires before they begin working.