CAYCE, S.C. (April 5, 2011 – 4:45 p.m.) – SCE&G crews have been working throughout the day to restore power after a series of severe thunderstorms passed through South Carolina overnight. As of 4:45 p.m. the number of outages is roughly 4,700 with the hardest hit areas being Richland, Lexington and Edgefield counties. The number of outages peaked earlier in the day at roughly 49,000.
Due to the scattered nature of the outages, there may be some affected areas that will take until the evening or early morning to fully restore. Crews have been called in from less affected areas of SCE&G’s service territory to help assist in the restoration process.
"Our crews are working hard to restore power as quickly as possible," said Eric Boomhower, SCE&G’s manager of public affairs. "We appreciate the patience of our customers as we work through the damage caused by this severe weather."
There are widespread reports of damage from falling trees and limbs, resulting in downed power lines. Here are some key tips to remember as we work through the restoration process.
- Assume all power lines are energized and stay away! There is no way to tell if power lines are live just by looking.
- To report a power outage or downed power line to SCE&G, call 1-888-333-4465. You also can report and check the status of your power outage online from your internet-ready cell phone. Just use your mobile device to visit www.sceg.com/mobile and click on storm center.
- If anything from the weatherhead down to your meter base is damaged, an electrician must repair it before we can reconnect your power.
- SCE&G’s storm center, www.sceg.com/storm, provides customers with additional information about how to report and track power outages and SCE&G’s process for restoring service to customers, as well as important safety tips.
- Customers can also get up-to-the-hour updates on outages by following the company on Twitter at www.twitter.com/scegnews.