May 21 Storm and Outages

Approximately 1,562 members were without power following severe weather that moved through the area on the afternoon of Tuesday, May 21st. The photo was taken during the calm after the storms, shortly before sunset.

Outages began around 3:00 PM. Crews were dispatched and began working immediately in the stormy conditions to safely restore power, and worked through the night to restore all power by 7:30 AM Wednesday morning.

Outages were caused by high winds and lightning and were widespread throughout the service area ranging from Dora to Winona and Eminence. High-winds coupled with saturated grounds can cause trees from outside the right-of-way to fall onto our lines. As a result of the storms, 4 power poles were broken.

HOEC would like to remind members if they see a downed power line, please stay away from it and report it to the cooperative immediately at 417-256-2131 or 1-888-HOE-POWER. Please note that Facebook is not an avenue to report an outage. If you need to report an outage, please do so by calling our 24 hour dispatch at 417-256-2131 or 1-888-HOE-POWER. You can also report an outage on the cooperative website at

Myles Smith, Manager of Member Services said, “High-winds and saturated grounds are never a good mix. Trees outside the right-of-way can fall onto our lines causing the lines to come down and even break power poles. This is what we were facing with last night's storm. Our crews worked diligently all through the night to safely restore power to our members. As always, we appreciate our members patience during outages."

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