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Thousands of people reported losing power in Beaufort, Jasper counties during storm

A map from SCE&G shows areas experience power outages across the state, including in Beaufort County.
A map from SCE&G shows areas experience power outages across the state, including in Beaufort County. SCE&G

This story was last updated at 3:40 p.m. Friday to reflect the latest number of outages.

Power is being restored in Beaufort and Jasper counties after a severe storm with strong winds swept through the area and left more than 6,000 people without power at one point early Friday afternoon, according to electric company websites.

As of 3:30 p.m., 2,500 outages were reported in Beaufort County, according to the PowerOutage.US website. More than 2,700 outages were reported in Jasper County.

For Beaufort County, although outages were reported all across the county, majority of the reports were in the northern area, according to a map from SCE&G.

Residents in the Coosaw Island area, experience more than 570 outages during the afternoon. Outages were also reported in nearby areas such as Beaufort, Sheldon, Dale, Port Royal, Lady’s Island, St. Helena Island, according to the map.

In the southern part of Beaufort County, the map showed there was more than 400 outages in the Okatie area, including at the intersection of S.C. 170 and U.S. 278.

In Jasper County, there was large concentration of outages between Coosawatchie and Grays areas.

The Palmetto Electric Cooperative had not reported any outages in Beaufort County, but said there were 400 in Jasper.

To report power outages, call:

▪ Palmetto Electric Cooperative at 1-866-445-5551

▪ SCE&G at 1-888-333-4465

Residents also can report outages on both companies’ websites, if they are able to do so.

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For more information on Friday afternoon’s weather, click here.

Lana Ferguson has covered crime, police, and other news for The Island Packet & Beaufort Gazette since June 2018. Before coming to the Lowcountry, she worked for publications in her home state of Virginia and graduated from the University of Mississippi, where she was editor of the college’s daily newspaper.

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