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Columbia, S.C., Aug. 11, 2004 - SCE&G line crews and other support personnel have been placed on standby in response to projections by the NOAA National Hurricane Center that Tropical Storm Bonnie and Hurricane Charley could potentially impact South Carolina.
Hurricanes and tropical storms can be some of the most troubling storm systems for utilities. High winds and heavy rain can cause severe damage, often including power outages.
"Although it is still unclear exactly what paths these storms will take, we are taking every precaution to have equipment, material and personnel in place to deal with any service interruptions as soon as possible," said Charles White, SCE&G systems storm coordinator.
As SCE&G continues its preparations for the possibility that Tropical Storm Bonnie and Hurricane Charley may impact South Carolina, the company also urges its customers to take precautions by following these safety tips:
- Have flashlights and fresh batteries on hand.
- Turn off and unplug stereos, televisions, computers and other appliances when the storm becomes imminent.
- Keep refrigerators or freezers closed during a power outage unless absolutely necessary. Repeatedly opening these appliances causes the cold air to escape and food to thaw more quickly.
- Stay away from downed power lines. Assume that any downed power lines are energized. Contact your local SCE&G office immediately if you discover downed lines.
- Do not touch tree limbs or other objects touching a power line. Never try to remove a tree limb or any object that is in contact with a power line. Contact SCE&G for help.
For more information about hurricane safety, visit SCE&G's Web site at www.sceg.com.