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Over 7,000 without power due to Fred

As of 6:00 pm this afternoon, Tuesday, August 17th, HEMC has approximately 7352 members experiencing power outages across our 8 county service territory due to excessive rainfall, mud slides and high winds. We have additional crews from Rutherford EMC that will arrive early tomorrow morning; however, we do not expect full power restoration prior to sometime this weekend due to mudslides and washed out bridges inhibiting our crews from power restoration. Following are the number of outages per county:

Buncombe – 389

Haywood – 3926

Jackson – 1617

Macon – 98

Transylvania – 1191

Oconee, SC – 13

Rabun, GA – 116

Crews continue working to restore power as quickly and safely as possible.

Andy Rogers

Andy has worked in broadcasting around Western North Carolina over the last 17 years. He serves as the Operations Manager and Program Director for WRGC and WBHN. “I’ve been with the crew here at Five Forty Broadcasting since the idea of bringing the station back to Jackson County at 540-AM. I feel a personal connection with community radio and the area”. In the past, Andy has worked with iHeart Media and Sky Country Broadcasting. He resides in Haywood County.
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