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Columbia, S.C., Aug. 13, 2004 - SCE&G crews are preparing to respond to potential damage from Hurricane Charley, expected to bring high winds and heavy rainfall to South Carolina early Saturday morning, according to current predictions.
SCE&G customers can also take steps to prepare in advance of the storm. Those who choose to leave can help protect their homes, appliances and equipment from electrical damage by turning off their power at the circuit breaker panel or fuse box.
Customers who remain in their homes during the storm should unplug electronic equipment and appliances when the storm is imminent or they may want to turn off their power for maximum protection of their home's electrical system.
SCE&G reminds customers to 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. If using a generator, do not plug it into the house circuit. This can be dangerous to you, your neighbors and to SCE&G's line crews. Plug appliances directly into the generator.
To report a downed power line or power outage, SCE&G customers can contact the company at (888) 333-4465. Customers who have access to the Internet throughout an outage can report and monitor the status by visiting www.sceg.com.
SCE&G is the largest subsidiary of SCANA Corp., an energy-based holding company principally engaged, through subsidiaries, in electric and natural gas utility operations, telecommunications and other energy-related businesses.