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Santee Cooper bracing for impact of Hurricane Matthew


<p>Santee Cooper Distribution Crew Supervisor Luke Burgess talks to employees about storm preparation.</p>

Santee Cooper Distribution Crew Supervisor Luke Burgess talks to employees about storm preparation.

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. – Santee Cooper personnel are making final preparations for the anticipated effects that Hurricane Matthew may have on Santee Cooper’s retail and wholesale customers.

As of noon today, Santee Cooper went to Condition 1 alert status. This means potential disaster-causing conditions are an imminent threat and adverse effects to Santee Cooper’s service area appear likely.

“Santee Cooper crews are ready to respond to outages as soon as we safely can,” said Mike Poston, vice president of retail operations.

If you experience a power outage at your home or business, follow the steps below:

  1. Check your circuit panel or fuse box. If you have circuit breakers, flip the main breaker switch to the “off” position, then back to the “on” position. If you have fuses, check your fuse box and replace any fuses that have blown.
  2. Check the outside disconnect below your meter (not all buildings have an outside disconnect).
  3. Check with your neighbors to see if they have power.
  4. Visit or call 1-888-769-7688 to report the outage. Be prepared to give the following information:
  • Account name and location
  • Telephone number
  • Nature of problem (power outage, partial power, dim or flickering lights, etc.)
  • Any additional information (line down, loud noises, etc.)


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