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Most Beaufort Co. residents have power back after Hurricane Michael caused 15,600 outages

Here’s how to report damage from Tropical Storm Michael in South Carolina

The SC Emergency Manager mobile app is an easy way for smartphone users to report damage from Tropical Storm Michael in South Carolina. The app alerts emergency officials.
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The SC Emergency Manager mobile app is an easy way for smartphone users to report damage from Tropical Storm Michael in South Carolina. The app alerts emergency officials.

Editor’s note: As of 8:50 Friday morning, there were 25 reported outages in Beaufort County.

Power was restored to most of Beaufort County late Thursday morning after downed trees and fallen limbs from Hurricane Michael’s winds knocked out electricity for more than 15,600 people earlier in the day.

There were 3,795 power outages reported as of 11 a.m. Thursday as the storm’s affects began to dwindle in the county, according to maps from SCE&G and The Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina.

Palmetto Electric Cooperative had restored all power in Beaufort County as of 7:30 a.m., according to Tray Hunter, vice president of marketing and public relations. He said all of the outages they’ve responded to have were caused by fallen trees and limbs.

The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office estimated between 15 and 20 trees fell overnight, according to a news release.

The company has almost all of their lineman working and crews are trying to restore power to as fast as they can, Hunter said.

He stressed that if someone experiences an outage, they need to report it to make sure crews can respond.

“Don’t assume a neighbor called. You could be the only one with the outage,” he said.

SCE&G spokesman Eric Boomhower also said it was important for residents to report their outages instead of assuming the company knows.

He said it can be hard to predict a specific time for when each residents’ power will be restored, but crews will be working as quickly as possible to fix outages when the weather is safe for them to do so.

Jasper County was reporting 1,254 outages, according to PowerOutage.US. Statewide, there were 115,579 outages of the more than 2.2 million customers tracked.

To report power outages, call:

Palmetto Electric Cooperative at 1-866-445-5551

SCE&G at 1-888-333-4465

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

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