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September 4, 2019 at 6:26 PM EDT - Updated September 6 at 8:14 AM
CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - More than 140,000 customers throughout the Lowcountry are without power tonight, according to reports from electric utilities.
More than 220,000 power outages were reported earlier on Thursday.
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Dominion Energy spokesman Paul Fischer said they were expecting similar outages to Hurricane Matthew in 2016, which was their most significant weather event since Hurricane Hugo.
Matthew interrupted power to 290,000 customers. But the numbers had not reached that point so far.
The following outages have been reported:
Berkeley Electric Cooperative
- Berkeley County: 11,096
- Charleston County: 22,602
- Dorchester County: 1,336
- Beaufort County: 6,651
- Berkeley County: 2,033
- Charleston County: 69,005
- Colleton: 3,700
- Dorchester: 11,430
Santee Electric Cooperative
- Georgetown County: 6,641
- Williamsburg County: 590
- 7,000 without power in Georgetown and Horry counties
Dominion Energy said its crews will begin assessing damage and restoring power as soon as the storm passes with the a top priority on facilities critical to public health and safety, such as hospitals, fire and police departments, and water treatment systems. Crews then work to return service to the largest number of residential and business customers in the shortest amount of time. Once major repairs are completed, individual homes and smaller groups of customers are restored.
The quickest and most efficient way for customers in South Carolina to notify Dominion Energy of a power outage is to report it online atwww.DominionEnergySC.com, using a mobile device.
Santee Cooper crews were lining up support from dozens of other public power crews from across the southeast to help with power restoration, spokesperson Mollie Gore said. More than 800 people will be available to help repair damage to the transmission and distribution systems and another 500 will make sure the utilities generation stations are ready.
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