Severe thunderstorms capable of producing tornadoes and straight-line wind damage are sweeping across the I-70 corridor this evening. As of 10 p.m., linemen were responding to scattered outages in the co-op's service area.
Strong winds may bring down branches and trees, and snap powerlines and utility poles. Members are cautioned to be alert for sagging or fallen lines, not to drive over downed lines, and to treat every powerline as if it’s energized.
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 away debris after the storm should look for sagging or fallen wires before they begin working.