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Santee Cooper prepared for Hurricane Matthew


<p>Santee Cooper is prepared for Hurricane Matthew.</p>

Santee Cooper is prepared for Hurricane Matthew.

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – Santee Cooper personnel are prepared for the anticipated effects that Hurricane Matthew may have on Santee Cooper’s service territory. Approximately 2 million South Carolinians depend on the state-owned electric and water utility as their power source, either directly or through the state’s electric cooperatives.

As of noon today, Santee Cooper went to a Condition 2 alert status. This means potential disaster-causing conditions are approximately 24 hours away and adverse effects to Santee Cooper’s service area appears likely.

“Santee Cooper will make every effort to keep electricity flowing to our 175,000 customers in Berkeley, Georgetown and Horry counties, and to our wholesale and industrial customers across the state,” said Mike Poston, vice president of retail operations. “Our equipment is lined up, our vehicles are ready, and we are finalizing details to be sure we can respond to outages as soon as we safely can.”

Customers can report outages at 1-888-769-7688 or online at Customers also can follow Santee Cooper on Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates.

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