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Media Contact:
Communications Department, Southwestern Electric Cooperative
E-mail: joe.richardson@sweci.com 
Phone: (800) 637-8667

High Winds Present Downed-Wire Dangers
Thursday, March 14, 2019

12:40 p.m.

The National Weather Service has issued a high wind warning for Southwestern Illinois. The advisory, which forecasts gusts reaching 60 miles per hour, will be in effect until 7 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 away debris after the storm should look for sagging or fallen wires before they begin working.