LCEC – Lee County Electric Cooperative

Crews are tirelessly working for the less than one percent remaining without power.

Hurricane Updates

Hurricane Updates

Crews tirelessly working for the less than one percent remaining without power.

After working long hours for two weeks straight, supported by an around-the-clock restoration operation, LCEC and crews from across the nation have reduced the number of customers without power to less than one percent.

Remaining isolated outages are in areas that are more difficult to access; have poles, transformers, or other equipment that need to be replaced; or are located in more rural areas where extensive work restores power to one or two at a time.

Those customers in these pockets throughout the five-county service territory can rest assured that crews will continue to work until all power is restored to all customers.

Federal help for damaged roofs
Operation Blue Roof is a federal program that provides FREE temporary roof protection to homeowners in disaster areas. Visit or call 888-ROOF-BLU (888-766-3258). Be sure to use this phone number or website, as there are others who are charging for this service.

How does LCEC restore power after a storm?

  • After a storm has passed, LCEC quickly begins to assess the damage to the electric system.
  • LCEC then begins restoring power to essential services such as hospitals, traffic signals, shelters, communication centers and law enforcement.
  • Next, power is restored to the greatest number of customers in the least amount of time by repairing main circuits. Then feeders will be repaired to power up neighborhoods.
  • Finally, individual services or services and services that need to be reconnected after repair to the customer’s damaged electrical system are restored.

What if my neighbor has power but I don’t?

  • You may be on a different feeder line, or a different transformer may serve your location.
  • The transformer serving your location may be damaged. These are the last system devices to be repaired because resources are focused on restoring the greatest number of customers first.
  • Your weatherhead conduit (the pipe and wire extending above your roof) may be damaged or bent. If so, you must have an electrician repair it and have an inspection before power can be restored.
  • If you own your own underground service, it may be damaged, which is usually caused by tree roots. If so, you must have it repaired by an electrician and inspected before power can be restored.

Don’t connect your generator directly to your home’s wiring at the breaker panel or meter. Connecting a portable electric generator directly to your household wiring can be deadly to you and others. A generator that is directly connected to your home’s wiring can ‘back feed’ onto the power lines connected to your home. Utility transformers can then “step-up” or increase this back feed to thousands of volts—enough to kill a utility lineman making outage repairs a long way from your house. You could also cause expensive damage to utility equipment and your generator.

The only safe way to connect a portable electric generator to your existing wiring is to have a licensed electrical contractor install a transfer switch. The transfer switch transfers power from the utility power lines to the power coming from your generator.

Never plug a portable electric generator into a regular household outlet. Plugging a generator into a regular household outlet can energize “dead” power lines and injure neighbors or utility workers. Connect individual appliances that have their outdoor-rated power cords directly to the receptacle outlet of the generator, or connect these cord-connected appliances to the generator with the appropriate outdoor-rated power cord having a sufficient wire gauge to handle the electrical load.

Don’t overload the generator. Do not operate more appliances and equipment than the output rating of the generator. Overloading your generator can seriously damage your valuable appliances and electronics. Prioritize your needs. A portable electric generator should be used only when necessary, and only to power essential equipment.

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