Santee Cooper restores more than half of system outages today
MONCKS CORNER, S.C. – More than half of the Santee Cooper customers who lost power due to Hurricane Florence were restored today. Crews will continue their work through the weekend, supported by additional crews arriving from Florida, Tennessee, Alabama, Louisiana and Missouri.
Santee Cooper’s transmission crews restored all customer delivery points by 3 p.m. today. Hurricane Florence interrupted transmission service to 21 delivery points, including those serving several of electric cooperatives serving northeastern South Carolina. With customer service restored, transmission crews are now addressing additional damage on the system.
Distribution crews restored power to more than half of the retail customers impacted by Florence, starting the day with 50,310 outages and reporting 21,841 outages as of 3:30 p.m. Most of those remaining outages are in the North Myrtle Beach area. Santee Cooper line crews will be joined by 50 contract crews in the morning to continue the restoration effort.
Customers are urged to stay on the lookout for downed power lines and other safety hazards:
- Never touch, drive over or try to move a downed power line or anything the line is touching. The line could still be live even if it doesn't appear to be energized. Call Santee Cooper at 1-888-769-7688 to report downed power lines. Customers can also report power outages at that number or at http://stormcenter.santeecooper.com.
- To ensure your safety and the safety of our line technicians, electric generators should be operated according to strict guidelines. Always follow the manufacturer's instructions completely. Never connect the portable generator to existing house wiring. Connect the generator directly to appliances. Operate generators outside; they emit harmful fumes and contain combustible fuel. Add fuel to the generator only when it is not running and has had time to sufficiently cool. Always properly ground the generator before operating. Refer to the owner's manual for specific instructions.