Widespread power outages reported in Tri-State area


MURPHY, N.C.- UPDATE: Union County, Georgia, EMA in conjunction with the American Red Cross and House of Prayer has opened a temporary emergency shelter at House of Prayer Family Life Center located at 145 Bible Camp Circle in Blairsville.

If you are without power, have no alternate heat and need shelter, please travel to the shelter. Please make sure it is safe to travel before doing so as road conditions may be hazardous.

As of 12:50 p.m. Sunday, Blue Ridge Mountain Electric Membership Corporation (EMC) reported via Facebook that there are still 338 power outages affecting 6,426 members in its coverage area.


This weekend’s winter storm left thousands without power in the Tri-State area. Many have been without power since Friday afternoon.

Blue Ridge Mountain Electric Membership Corporation (BRMEMC) announced via Facebook that crews are working diligently to restore power to the service area.

As of 8 a.m. Sunday, there were a reported 401 outages affecting 13,203 members. Below is a list of areas BRMEMC crews will be working in today:


Mineral Bluff

Skeenah Gap

Old Blue Ridge Hwy

Hwy 180 / Richard Russell



Fires Creek

Shooting Creek



Young Harris


BRMEMC updated their facebook at 10 a.m. letting customers know that outages are down to 370 with 8,768 customers affected. Crews are making progress in this cold weather.

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