Thousands Without Power Due to Cold Weather

UPDATE: 1/7/14, 11:42 am - SCE&G says current system-wide outages are now less than 7,500.

-Original Post Below-

SCE&G's website is reporting that thousands of residents are without power this morning due to the effects of very cold temperatures.

The company posted this statement:

We are experiencing power outages due to extreme temperatures. At this time, we are assessing the damage to our system and the impact to our customers. Information will be updated as it becomes available. Please stay away from downed power lines. We appreciate your patience.

In a separate post, the company stated:

Due to the extremely cold weather in our area, SCE&G is experiencing high demand on its electric system and has lost part of its generating capacity due to weather driven mechanical issues at several of its power plants. In order to protect the stability of the electric system and to continue to meet our customers’ needs, SCE&G has implemented rolling blackouts throughout its service territory. Customers in some areas may experience short periods of time without power. These outages will last approximately 15 minutes. Customers should turn off and unplug non-essential appliances and conserve energy as much as possible.

Here is the breakdown of power outages by region (as of 10:21 am):

RegionTotal Customers ServedCustomer Outages
Columbia\Lexington242,52813,784
Aiken\Saluda\Barnwell80,9507,596
Beaufort\Hampton\Ridgeland63,3654,251
Summerville\Walterboro\North90,76910,212
Charleston\Mount Pleasant200,00720,847

and by county..

Abbeville1,1200
Aiken52,0012981
Allendale3,552807
Bamberg3,26428
Barnwell7,172884
Beaufort46,1081,796
Berkeley20,210220
Calhoun2,742782
Charleston176,74218,114
Colleton12,7163,879
Dorchester54,6395,700
Edgefield6,5601,070
Fairfield3,4850
Greenwood1090
Hampton7,233765
Jasper6,704883
Kershaw510
Lexington94,8015,644
McCormick1,3791
Newberry1,9660
Orangeburg12,9621,472
Richland155,5568,140
Saluda5,8843,524
Union6630

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