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Downed trees cause thousands of power outages in Lancaster

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LANCASTER, SC (WBTV) -

Thousands of people in Lancaster were without power for hours Tuesday due to fallen trees.

According to Duke Energy, 3,377 homes lost power due to the downed trees and limbs damaging equipment. The outages were reported around 2:56 a.m. and crews expected to have power fully restored by 10 p.m., according to Duke Energy's Outage Map

The outages dropped to about 500 customers for most of the afternoon, but then jumped back up to more than 4,000 people. We have reached out to Duke Energy to find out why there has been a spike.

Lancaster Emergency Management Director Darren Player says the outage is lasting longer than it normally would have because the substation that was impacted is in a rugged and wooded area. He says crews were having a hard time getting their equipment to the power lines. 

While they were working, people on the east side of town were doing anything they could to stay cool.

"We're just keeping everything closed up, curtains closed up, I got a blind or two open just to let some light in, but keeping everything closed up is all we can do right now," resident Carl Easter said.

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