Cayce, S.C. (June 1, 2018) – Today marks the beginning of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season, and SCE&G encourages all customers to do two things as the new season gets underway: Review your emergency plans and stay informed.
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the 2018 season is predicted to bring normal to slightly-above normal activity with the potential for as many as 16 named storms, of which five to nine could become hurricanes. Forecasters are also calling for the possibility of up to four major hurricanes with Category 3 intensity or higher.
“As we just experienced with subtropical depression Alberto, the tropics can produce surprising results even before the season begins,” said Bill Turner, vice president of electric operations for SCE&G. “A well-reviewed plan in advance of the storm is important not only for an electric utility, but also for our customers and their families. We urge everyone to understand the risks of severe weather in our state, and stay informed throughout this hurricane season.”
Turner said SCE&G crews work year-round to prepare for the potential impacts of severe weather. In fact, since 2009, the company has inspected more than 490,000 poles and replaced in excess of 34,000 poles with new ones to help strengthen its electric system.
“It’s the combination of these types of large-scale upgrades to our overhead and underground facilities, as well as routine maintenance, circuit inspections, and a proper trim cycle to reduce vegetation around electric lines that really enhances the resiliency of our system,” Turner added. ”These efforts are key to safe and efficient restoration after a storm.”
SCE&G reminds customers to always stay away from downed power lines and report all outages. Customers can report power outages online, via text using a registered mobile device, or by calling 888-333-4465.
Other ways to prepare for hurricane season:
- Know your evacuation zone and have a plan. To find your evacuation zone, visit http://www.scemd.org, and download their new emergency app by searching “SC Emergency Manager” wherever you normally download apps for your mobile device.
- Organize an emergency supply kit for your family with food and other essentials, as well as a list of emergency contact information for reference.
- Make sure you have a fully charged phone or tablet on hand to report outages.
For more ways to stay safe before, during and after a storm, visit www.sceg.com/storm. Customers can follow SCE&G on social media to receive important company updates, learn safety tips and receive information about the restoration process at www.facebook.com/scegnews or @scegnews on Twitter.
South Carolina Electric & Gas Company is a regulated public utility engaged in the generation, transmission, distribution and sale of electricity to approximately 723,000 customers in the central, southern and southwestern portions of South Carolina. The company also provides natural gas service to approximately 371,000 customers throughout the state.