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):

Region Total Customers Served Customer Outages
Columbia\Lexington 242,528 13,784
Aiken\Saluda\Barnwell 80,950 7,596
Beaufort\Hampton\Ridgeland 63,365 4,251
Summerville\Walterboro\North 90,769 10,212
Charleston\Mount Pleasant 200,007 20,847

and by county..

Abbeville 1,120 0
Aiken 52,001 2981
Allendale 3,552 807
Bamberg 3,264 28
Barnwell 7,172 884
Beaufort 46,108 1,796
Berkeley 20,210 220
Calhoun 2,742 782
Charleston 176,742 18,114
Colleton 12,716 3,879
Dorchester 54,639 5,700
Edgefield 6,560 1,070
Fairfield 3,485 0
Greenwood 109 0
Hampton 7,233 765
Jasper 6,704 883
Kershaw 51 0
Lexington 94,801 5,644
McCormick 1,379 1
Newberry 1,966 0
Orangeburg 12,962 1,472
Richland 155,556 8,140
Saluda 5,884 3,524
Union 663 0

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