Berkeley Electric is ready to respond to power outages during Tropical Storm Michael

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BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCBD) – Berkeley Electric Cooperative has plans in place to deal with any power outages immediately.

It is all hands on deck as Tropical Storm Michael draws near. Just about all of their 270 to 280 employees are now at work preparing for the storm.

“We go by you know the information we have locally from our weather sources. You guys and others,” said Thomas Harvey, Manager of Distribution Operations, Berkeley Electric.

Berkeley Electric expects a lot of rains and winds across most of their service area. 

“We’ve been through this before and we’re preparing for that type of situation,” Harvey said.

Additional crews are in North Carolina and Virginia ready to be called in if needed. 

“If we need them they’re there waiting on us to call,” he said.

They believe fallen trees and limbs may impact power in the area and vehicles that can access basically anywhere are on hand. 

“In the event we have a situation with limited access we have vehicles that can compensate for that,” Harvey explained.

There is even a mobile sub station big enough to power an area larger than Seabrook Island. About 25 contract crews are already on site, and another 30-40 outside crews are also available.

Berkeley Electric also has a Smart Hub app you can download for free. If you’re not at your home and you want to see if you still have power, you can actually find out through that app.

To report an outage by phone, BEC customers can call 1-888-253-4232.

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