Sources at the Israel Electric Company expressed concern, Thursday afternoon, about multiple outages in the coming ours because of demand brought on by the cold weather and the downing of power lines -directly and indirectly - by gusty winds. People are warned not to touch downed lines, recalling deaths from electrocution during the last rainy season. Suspicious cables should be reported to authorities and the company's 103 switchboard, which be staffed by additional operators. Additional workers will also operate in the field.
Peak demand of 11,100 megawatts is expected around 7:30 p.m., and reserves were down to their lowest at 300 megawatts during the afternoon. The utility asked consumers not to use heavy-demand appliances, such as washing machines, dishwashers, electric ovens and stovetops, vacuum cleaners, etc. until after 9:00 p.m.