6,401 members experience weather-related outage

Published by The Bee News

March 15, 2020

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BULLHEAD CITY, Ariz. – Areas south of Bullhead City experienced a relatively brief power outage late Thursday afternoon.

An extreme storm and lightning caused a breaker to open and left 6,401 members without power for just over two minutes beginning at 5:29 p.m., the result of an open breaker at a power provider source.

There were also a number of smaller outages throughout the MEC service territory primarily the result of weather and power was restored to all members by 10:59 p.m.

“The weather that moved into the area was apparently localized at a number of locations,” said Rick Campos, chief operating officer at MEC. “We’re pleased this wasn’t longer in duration, but it’s important to remember to have things like flashlights and batteries in accessible locations when weather moves into an area. It is always best to be prepared.”
MEC recommends reporting outages 24/7 365 days a year using the MEC toll-free Outage Reporting Hotline (844) 632-2667, through a member’s SmartHub account or, for those with a cell phone listed on their account, by texting “outage” to 55050. For outage reporting to work best, your member account information must be current.

An outage map is also available to members by visiting www.mohaveelectric.com/outage-centerhttp://www.mohaveelectric.com/content/outage-center. The map is updated as power is restored.

Members who choose to leave their homes during an outage are encouraged to call MEC at (844) 632-2667 to request a callback through the automated outage system when power is restored.

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