Columbia, S.C. (June 1, 2011) — The official start of hurricane season begins today, and SCE&G urges its customers to begin planning and preparing now. The Atlantic basin is expected to see an above-normal hurricane season this year, according to the seasonal outlook issued by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center.
With three to six major hurricanes predicted this year, now is the time to begin preparing. While the heart of hurricane season is two to three months away, it is not uncommon to see storm activity in the Atlantic begin as early as June and July.
As SCE&G continues its preparations for the current hurricane season, the company reminds its customers that they can receive warnings, safety tips, and power restoration reports on their mobile devices by signing up at www.twitter.com/scegnews. SCE&G also offers its customers the following safety tips:
- Stay alert to storm advisories and evacuate if told to do so.
- Map out your route using roads specified by local and/or state authorities.
- If the storm is imminent, turn off and unplug stereos, televisions, computers and other appliances.
- Have flashlights and fresh batteries on hand.
- After the storm, stay away from and do not touch downed power lines. Keep others away from downed lines as well. Contact SCE&G immediately at 1-888-333-4465.
- 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 immediately.
- Do not open refrigerators/freezers during an outage unless absolutely necessary. Repeated openings cause cold air to escape and food to thaw more quickly.
- SCE&G Emergency Service Numbers: For emergencies such as downed power lines or power outages call: 1-888-333-4465.
For gas leaks: 1-800-815-0083
For any other customer concerns: 1-800-251-7234.
- To report outages by mobile access- www.sceg.com/mobile
- You can also report power outages and check outage status via text message. Find out how to register your cell phone at sceg.com/text.
- For information about storm safety, power outage information or a storm emergency kit checklist, visit SCE&G’s Storm Center online at: www.sceg.com/storm.
South Carolina Electric & Gas Company is a regulated public utility engaged in the generation, transmission, distribution and sale of electricity to approximately 663,000 customers in 24 counties in the central, southern and southwestern portions of South Carolina. The company also provides natural gas service to approximately 315,000 customers in 38 counties in the state.