Busy Hurricane Season Predicted
After a decade of relative calm, the last two hurricane seasons were active. Most recently, Hurricane Irma impacted nearly all of Florida as it made landfall in September 2017, causing over $60 billion in damage and leaving more than 7 million Floridians in the dark.
In Irma’s wake, all of Peace River Electric Cooperative’s more than 40,000 electric services were offline. We began making repairs as soon as it was safe for our lineworkers to travel. By the end of the first day, we had the lights back on for more than 60 percent of our members! And, in only eight days, every home and business able to receive power was restored.
During this time, PRECO received assistance from Florida Electric Cooperative Association, our wholesale power provider Seminole Electric Cooperative, as well as five contractors and 12 other electric co-ops from different states.
The 2018 season is predicted to be another active year with weather experts forecasting:
- 16 named storms
- 8 hurricanes
- 4 major hurricanes
- 4 hurricanes to make landfall in the U.S. (2 of which will likely be major storms)
What does this mean for you and your family? Be prepared!
Hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30, but don’t wait until a storm is brewing to leap into action. Use this Special Hurricane Issue to help you get ready now.
You have our promise. If a hurricane should strike, PRECO is prepared to restore your power as quickly and safely as possible.