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POWER OUTAGES: Crews continue to bring power back to Lowcountry residents

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Crews working to restore power. (Source: Santee Cooper) Crews working to restore power. (Source: Santee Cooper)
CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) -

Electric companies throughout the Lowcountry are continuing to work to get residents' power back on following Hurricane Matthew's trek through the coast this past weekend. 

Less than 25,000 customers are without power in the Lowcountry as of Thursday morning. 

On Saturday, nearly 300,000 had lost power across the Lowcountry.

By Monday afternoon, 144,000 customers in the Lowcountry were without power, according to outage maps from various electric utilities. On Tuesday morning, it was less than 80,000.

Here are the breakdowns, county by county and by utility.

SCE&G 

  • Beaufort: 7,411
  • Berkeley: 74
  • Charleston: 230
  • Colleton: 1,477
  • Dorchester: 318
  • Orangeburg: 462

BERKELEY ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE

  • Berkeley: 311
  • Charleston: 361
  • Dorchester: 0

EDISTO ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE

  • Berkeley: 2
  • Dorchester: 98
  • Orangeburg: 364

SANTEE ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE

  • Georgetown:  5,928
  • Williamsburg: 7,055

COASTAL ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE 

  • Colleton: 162

SCE&G provides estimates for power restoration

South Carolina Electric & Gas is providing estimates for power restoration on its outage map for various counties.

Here are its estimated restoration times by county:

  • Beaufort: Crews continue to work around the clock to restore power to customers. Our plans are to substantially complete restorations in Beaufort County by 11:45 p.m. on Sunday. Due to accessibility issues and extent of damages, the outages on Daufuskie Island, Fripp Island, and Hunting Island could potentially exceed this estimated time of restoration. 
  • Berkeley: Crews continue to work around the clock to restore power to customers. Our plans are to substantially complete restorations in Berkeley County by 11:45 p.m. on Thursday. 
  • Charleston: Crews continue to work around the clock to restore power to customers. Our plans are to substantially complete restorations in Charleston County by 11:45 p.m. on Thursday
  • Colleton: Crews continue to work around the clock to restore power to customers. Our plans are to substantially complete restorations in Colleton County by 11:45 p.m. on Friday. 
  • Dorchester: Crews continue to work around the clock to restore power to customers. Our plans are to substantially complete restorations in Dorchester County by 11:45 p.m. on Thursday. 
  • Orangeburg: Crews continue to work around the clock to restore power to customers. Our plans are to substantially complete restorations in Orangeburg County by 11:45 p.m. on Friday. 

To report a power outage in your area:

Call the number for your power provider. Use this list to report power outages in your area to your electricity provider.

Berkeley County Cooperative: (888) 253-4232
Coastal Electric Cooperative: (800) 421-2343
Edisto Electric Cooperative: (800) 433-3292
SCE&G: (800) 251-7234
Santee Electric Cooperative: (800) 922-1604
Santee Cooper: (888) 769-7688

Click here for additional providers not listed. 

Santee Cooper released the following statement on Tuesday: 

Santee Cooper’s distribution crews have reduced the number of retail customer outages in half over the past 24 hours. At 3 p.m. today, there were approximately 14,580 residential and commercial customers without electricity, down from 31,000 at the same time yesterday.

On the transmission side, there is one delivery point to customers still out, at a substation serving Santee Electric Cooperative. There are eight transmission lines still locked out, and another 19 lines that have damages but have been sectionalized to route electricity around the problems and keep it flowing.

“We’ve been overwhelmed with appreciation and support by our customers, which goes a long way to keep up the spirit of hundreds of folks who are pulling long days in difficult working conditions,” said Mike Poston, vice president of retail operations. “We have the best customers, and I’d just ask those who are still without power to be patient for a little while longer. We will stay out there until the job is done.”

There continue to be safety issues to residents and to line crews, especially concerning downed power lines and generators. 

Please remember:
•    To ensure your safety and the safety of our line technicians, electric generators should be operated according to strict guidelines. Always follow the manufacturer's instructions completely. Never connect the portable generator to existing house wiring. Connect the generator directly to appliances. Operate generators outside; they emit harmful fumes and contain combustible fuel. Add fuel to the generator only when it is not running and has had time to sufficiently cool. Always properly ground the generator before operating. Refer to the owner's manual for specific instructions.
•    Never touch, drive over or try to move a downed power line or anything the line is touching. The line could still be live even if it doesn't appear to be energized. Call Santee Cooper at 1-888-769-7688 to report downed power lines. Customers can also report power outages at that number or at www.santeecooper.com/stormcenter. 

Santee Cooper is South Carolina's largest power provider, the largest Green Power generator and the ultimate source of electricity for 2 million people across the state. Through its low-cost, reliable and environmentally responsible electricity and water services, and through innovative partnerships and initiatives that attract and retain industry and jobs, Santee Cooper powers South Carolina. To learn more, visit www.santeecooper.com.

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