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Hurricane season is here

June 03, 2015   By Kevin F. Langston in Storms and Outages
The Atlantic hurricane season began on Monday, June 1, and goes through Monday, Nov. 30. Although this season got off to an early start with Tropical Storm Ana , activity typically peaks between mid-August and late October.

Hurricane season is an especially tense time of year for us and other electric utilities, because hurricanes and other tropical cyclones can have devastating effects on our power-delivery systems.

Santee Cooper's retail service area in Berkeley, Georgetown, and Horry counties is prone to tropical cyclones. With the annual arrival of hurricane season, we meticulously evaluate our emergency plans to make sure we're prepared for any major weather events that could impact our system. Winds from even the weakest of hurricanes are capable of producing widespread power outages.

When severe weather like a tropical cyclone — or, more recently, a winter storm — threatens our service area, we activate a range of... Continue Reading >>

It's Severe Weather Awareness Week in South Carolina

March 11, 2015   By Kevin F. Langston in Storms and Outages
In her proclamation declaring March 8-14 Severe Weather Awareness Week in South Carolina, Gov. Nikki Haley said, "A well-informed public educated in necessary preparedness measures is less likely to suffer personal injury, loss of life, and property damage in the wake of severe weather."

The South Carolina Emergency Management Division (SCEMD), the National Weather Service (NWS), and the South Carolina Broadcasters Association (SCBA) jointly sponsor Severe Weather Awareness Week to remind people that severe weather is a significant hazard in South Carolina, and people need to take the necessary safety precautions .

Earlier this week, SCEMD held a statewide disaster exercise that included more than 5,000 first responders, members of the National Guard, and emergency managers at locations across South Carolina. The purpose of this exercise was to test the state's response to an emergency scenario. Today, public schools, state and local emergency... Continue Reading >>