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Electric companies preparing for another winter storm

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How are the electric companies preparing for this winter storm?

We spoke with Mollie Gore, the head of corporate communications at Santee Cooper in Moncks Corner. "Well, you know it sort of feels like déjà vu all over again. But we, at about 9 o'clock this morning, Santee Cooper when into condition two alert, which means we are preparing."

Gore says crews are stocking supplies, testing equipment and making sure vehicles are fueled up. "We are monitoring the weather obviously and we're monitoring across the state because we have a transmission system across South Carolina."

That system is important because Santee Cooper generates much of the power that cooperatives like Berkeley Electric uses.

Berkeley Electric President and CEO Dwayne Cartwright says the company is ready to restore electricity regardless of where it goes out.  "In the event that we do not have damage here, we are prepared to go to our sister co-ops in mutual aid because it looks like the ice is going to hit South Carolina somewhere, so our folks will be working around-the-clock somewhere in the next couple days."

Cartwright says you need to be prepared as well. "This is what I encourage all members to do right now, have your home prepared, have some extra water and food, have a lighting source and batteries charged up."

SCE&G officials say in addition to more than 1200 SCE&G employees, they have 300 non-SCE&G workers, many of those are already here from other states like Kentucky, Ohio, Michigan and Indiana.

Power company officials say stay away from any damaged power lines, because they could be active.

 

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