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Santee Cooper prepares for Hurricane Matthew



10/05/2016

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

Santee Cooper is preparing for Hurricane Matthew.

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. –As Hurricane Matthew continues heading toward South Carolina, Santee Cooper is making preparations to respond to any power difficulties the storm brings to our customers. 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.

Transmission and distribution crews are stocking and fueling line trucks and other fleet vehicles in advance of the storm. Utility personnel are monitoring developments and will have crews positioned for quick response based on the projected storm path and damage to our system. Additional crews are being brought in to assist with tree removal and system restoration.

Hurricane Matthew is forecast to bring several inches of rain and strong winds to South Carolina. Santee Cooper reminds everyone to:

  • Know Your Zone. You can find your zone by going to scemd.org to determine if you should evacuate.
  • Report power outages and monitor restoration online at stormcenter.santeecooper.com. or by calling 1-888-769-7688.
  • Treat all downed lines as though they are energized and report them to us immediately by calling 1-888-769-7688. Stay away, and do not touch.
  • Stay away from flooded areas and debris. These areas can conceal downed power lines.
  • Do not drive through standing floodwaters.
  • Resist the temptation to drive around looking at storm damage. You could hinder rescue efforts or restoration efforts and jeopardize your safety.

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