Break out the Long Johns and heavy winter coat…some of the coldest temperatures in several years will be arriving in North Florida Monday evening. According to the National Weather Service (NWS), a hard freeze warning is in effect for tonight through Tuesday morning. Brisk winds will make it feel even colder.
While the demand for power will rise as the temperatures drop, officials with Seminole Electric Co-op, Clay Electric’s wholesale power provider, said they are not anticipating any power supply issues due to the low temperatures.
Clay Electric urges its members to remember the four P’s - Protect your plants, pets and pipes, and check on elderly people that might be affected by the cold. Members should also protect water pumps and other equipment that might be damaged by the cold temperatures. In the event of a power outage, Clay Electric will have crews on standby to respond. To report an outage, please call 888-434-9844. Clay Electric offers the following cold weather tips:
- Dress in layered clothing and wear some kind of head cover.
- Keep pets inside; when necessary to walk them, do so on the grass, not the cold sidewalk.
- Protect livestock and other animals with adequate shelter and extra feed.
- Bring potted plants inside.
- Cover outdoor plants with burlap or cloth. Cold will penetrate plastic.
- Check space heaters for sufficient ventilation and wire condition.
- Never place space heaters close to flammable objects, such as drapes or bedding.
- Make sure fireplace flues are working properly.
- Check extension cords for breaks or fraying.
- Do not use charcoal or gas grills indoors. They produce deadly carbon monoxide fumes.
- Check on the elderly and infirmed.
- Motorists are also urged to use caution, as some roadways may have ice on them.
Clay Electric serves 165,000 member/customers in 14 North Florida counties.