MONCKS CORNER, S.C. (WCBD) – As of 3:30 p.m. today, some 38,900 Santee Cooper retail customers are without power due to early impacts from Hurricane Florence.
Earlier this afternoon outages peaked at 39,200, and crews were able to restore about 9,000 customers today before the outages increased again, according to the news release.
Officials state that on the transmission side, three lines were locked out, impacting customers of Santee Cooper, Horry Electric Cooperative and Santee Electric Cooperative.
Santee Cooper crews have had to cease repair work because the high winds have made conditions unsafe. We cannot operate bucket trucks when sustained winds reach 35 mph or greater.