Hermine blows through Jasper County, leaves hundreds without power

Power outages were a constant burden for Jasper County residents as Tropical Storm Hermine moved through the area Friday.

Early Friday morning, SCE&G’s online outage map showed only a handful of outages. By noon, more than 800 Jasper County customers were without power, and 300 remained that way by 3 p.m.

Palmetto Electric also was reporting about 200 Jasper County customers out of service at 3 p.m.

Roadways in the county held up relatively well.

While Jasper County Emergency Management reported standing water on several roads, none were closed as of 2 p.m.

The S.C. Highway Patrol reported a crash just after 7 a.m. on the northbound side of Interstate 95 near mile marker 16. While details on the collision were scarce, Lance Cpl. Matthew Southern said there were no injuries.

Another minor wreck, also without injuries, was reported Friday morning at S.C. 170 and Cherry Point Road in Okatie.

Early Friday morning, a tree fell into the roadway along Speedway Boulevard, but as of 7:30 a.m. the debris was cleared, Southern said.

Jasper County was the scene of some of the area’s worst flooding during May’s Tropical Storm Bonnie. Because of that storm, southbound lanes on I-95 near Ridgeland were closed for nearly an entire day. About a half-dozen local roadways were closed even longer.