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GreyStone Prepares for Another Winter Storm

Lineman Jeremy Thurman puts climbing equipment on a bucket truck in preparation for the expected winter storm.
Lineman Jeremy Thurman puts climbing equipment on a bucket truck in preparation for the expected winter storm.

GreyStone Power crews are making preparations for another round of winter weather in the cooperative’s service area this week. The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory from Monday evening to Tuesday evening and a winter storm watch from Tuesday evening through Thursday morning.

When the winter storm hit on Jan. 28, GreyStone members experienced few power outages. GreyStone’s right-of-way crews trim limbs and branches that can interfere with power lines, which helps prevent outages during storms. “We’re staying on top of the right-of-way, and I think that helps during outage times. We started getting trucks ready this morning, and we’re prepared as we can be,” said Lead Lineman Josh Kirby on Monday morning. If more ice accumulates on power lines this time, it could present a more challenging situation for crews than the last winter storm.

“Our crews and contractors will have the necessary equipment prepared should the weather become severe. We are well-stocked with poles, wires, transformers and other supplies needed for the restoration process. Our linemen will work around-the-clock to restore any outages as quickly as possible,” said GreyStone Vice President of Operations and Engineering Bill Sharpton.

GreyStone employees are closely monitoring weather conditions and have plans in place to address problems associated with snow and ice accumulating on tree limbs and power lines, which can damage the power distribution system and cause outages.

Members should contact GreyStone to report any power outages and can obtain storm updates through GreyStone’s website, www.greystonepower.com, as well as the co-op’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/greystonepower. Power outages may be reported on GreyStone’s website on the Storm Center page, or by calling 1-866-GREYSTONE (473-9786).

Think safety first during a storm, especially when it comes to downed power lines. Never approach or touch downed power lines. Always assume that downed wires are energized and call GreyStone at 770-942-6576 immediately.

GreyStone Power serves more than 107,400 members in portions of eight counties, including Paulding, Douglas, Fulton, Cobb, Carroll, Bartow, Fayette and Coweta counties. Learn more at www.greystonepower.com.

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