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NAEC issues statement regarding possible ice storm

Wednesday, February 20, 2013 ~ Updated 11:22 AM

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A view of power lines during the catastrophic 2009 ice storm. Conditions are likely for an ice storm Feb. 20, although not at this scale.
North Arkansas Electric Cooperative CEO Mel Coleman has issued a statement regarding "a major ice event" forecast to begin during the night of Wednesday, Feb. 20, and continuing into Thursday, Feb. 21. Areawide Media will post updates as we get them on both their website and their Facebook pages.

Coleman's statement;

"Plans are well under way by North Arkansas Electric Cooperative for what appears to be a major ice event from tonight into tomorrow. Our management team has been on full alert since yesterday morning, and planning is under way at this moment to respond to whatever happens over the next two days.

Should the worst case scenario (immediate worst case by the NWS) play out, we will have extended outages that will exceed a few days. It appears we are not talking about the same severity of the 2009 storm, but I will say some of the weather models are close to that. Predictions now are for .25 to .75 inches of ice over our entire service territory. That is not good news. But keep in mind, weather can and will change. Let's hope for the best as we plan for the worst."

Please stay abreast of the weather conditions.



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