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UPDATED: SCE&G working to repair outages

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Updated, 9:45 a.m. Wednesday:

As of this morning, 11,812 SCE&G customers remain without power, out of 720,235 total customers. Live updates are available online.

Original report:

SCE&G announced today that about 45,000 of its customers are still without power after Tropical Storm Irma, with 66% of the outages in coastal counties of Charleston and Beaufort.

Keller Kissam, president of retail operations at SCE&G, said at the peak of the storm, at 4:45 p.m. Monday, more than 155,000 customers were without power. During the next 12 hours, crews worked to get 100,000 customers back online.

As of noon today, more than 7,000 were still without power in Lexington and Richland counties, according to SCE&G’s outage map. Kissam said Northeast Columbia and Forest Acres are dealing with trees down, making it harder to restore the power.

“Those areas have hardwood trees that have fallen through the wire, rather than just on top,” Kissam said. “Our crews will have to rebuild, and that often takes a little more time.”

Kissam said SCE&G plans to have the Midlands fully restored in the next few days, then crews will set their sights on finishing up in the Charleston area and Beaufort. In all, he expects to have all customers up and running in three to five days.

Crews have been called in from Alabama, Texas, Illinois and New York to help with repairs.

Kissam said customer who have structural damage to a weatherhead, conduit or meter base, will need an electrician to make repairs before SCE&G can restore power to the box. He also warned against touching downed power lines, including those that may have been caught up in debris. Downed power lines can be reported by calling 888-333-4465.

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