High winds knock out power to thousands in SC overnight

TEGA CAY, SC (WBTV) - High winds and heavy rain knocked out power to thousands of people in South Carolina overnight.

Duke Energy reported Friday that more than a thousand outages were reported in York County and nearly 600 in Chester County.

Power was quickly being restored Friday morning.

High winds overnight snapped a tree in half, taking down some major power lines with it early Friday morning in Tega Cay.

The sounds of chainsaws and work trucks were probably not what residents along Tega Cay Drive were expecting, but they were a welcome sight.

Overnight, high winds and rain weakened trees all over the viewing area, bringing down limbs on top of power lines shutting down electricity to homeowners.

Police shut down the streets giving work crews leeway to cut the debris up and clear it from the roadway.

From there the task was trying to restore power to people who live in the area.

Workers told us it should only take about an hour to get the line restrung and the electricity flowing again, what's taking so long is just removing the tree.

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