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Berkeley Electric preparing for winter storm

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BERKELEY COUNTY, SC - Press Release from Berkeley Electric -- Berkeley Electric Cooperative is making advance preparations for the possibility of power outages associated with the winter storm watch which is in effect from Tuesday January 27 through Wednesday January 28.

In the event of a storm causing damage to the Berkeley Electric Cooperative system, we strongly urge everyone to stay away from downed power lines and other electrical equipment. If your power goes off, Berkeley Cooperative requests that you turn off all large power users in the home such as heating/cooling systems and water heaters. When power is restored, wait 15 minutes before turning any appliance back on, and then turn them on one at a time.

Related: Significant winter storm to impact South Carolina

Please report all outages and damage as soon as you can; but please only call once.

Members, who may have extreme critical health needs that require a continuous power source during any outage, should always make arrangements to relocate to a place where the needs can be handled.  The other option is to make personal arrangements for a generator to hook up to machines that have to be kept running. Continuous electric service cannot be guaranteed.

Generators should NEVER be hooked into your home or business electric circuits as they can re-energize part of the system and severely injure line crews or others.  Generators should only be connected directly to appliances or critical care machines.

Members can also stay updated with outage restoration efforts through the live outage viewer on our website as well as through updates on our Facebook page.

Berkeley Electric Cooperative is the largest electric cooperative in South Carolina servings over 85,000 members in Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties.
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