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Winter storm status update

Officials at HOEC report that through this winter storm no power outages were reported. The original forecast by the National Weather Service was predicting the accumulation of ice coupled with high wind gusts, which typically will cause widespread power outages. This forecast prompted the Cooperative to put its emergency preparedness plan in place.

HOEC making preparations for coming winter storm

The National Weather Service in Springfield is forecasting a winter storm to cover our area beginning as early as Friday February 28th, and continuing through Monday, March 3rd. The storm is predicted to bring a wintry mix of precipitation throughout the time period with a slow transition to snow. This is the type of storm that can produce icing on power lines.

High winds February 20th caused outages and damage

After a wind storm Thursday, February 20th, HOEC officials reported 1,192 cooperative members were without power over a widespread area. Outages were reported in Douglas, Howell, Oregon, Ozark and Shannon counties. A total of 5 power poles were lost in the storm.

Application deadline for CYCLE extended to Feb. 21st

UPDATE: Due to the number of days of school missed due to road conditions, the deadline for students to apply for the CYCLE program has been extended to Friday, February 21st.

Warning: new email scam targets utility customers

Howell-Oregon Electric Cooperative officials, along with the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, report that a nationwide email scam is targeting utility customers, including electric cooperative members, by sending bogus invoices directing them to a virus-infected web site.

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