It could take SCE&G up to 5 days to restore all power outages

Keller Kissam at SCE&G press conference Tuesday.

SCE&G estimates that about 45,000 customers were still without power around midday Tuesday. At about 2 p.m. Tuesday, close to 36,000 still had not gotten their power restored.

It could take days to fully restore power in the Midlands, said Keller Kissam, SCE&G’s president of retail operations during a Tuesday press conference in Cayce.  He said all customers should have power restored in three to five days.

The outages were the result Tropical Storm Irma. Most of the electricity disruptions, 66 percent, were in Charleston and Beaufort counties. More than 4,800 homes had not had their power turned back on in Lexington and Richland counties by 2 p.m. Tuesday according to SCE&G’s outage map.

Kissam said at the peak of the storm, between 4:30 p.m. and 4:50 p.m. Monday, more than 155,000 customers did not have power. But more than 100,000 customers had power restored by noon Tuesday.

As of noon Tuesday, more than 7,000 in Lexington and Richland counties were still without power.

Kissam said in cases where hardwood trees had fallen and taken down power lines, instead of just falling on top, crews have to rebuild the lines, and that takes more time.

Crews from Alabama, Texas, Illinois and New York have come to South Carolina to assist with power restoration.