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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…

More than 12,000 in Lexington County without power, 4,500 in Richland County

More than 10,000 households were without power in Lexington County around 3:30 p.m. Monday. More than 4,500 homes in Richland County did not have power at that time, according to SCE&G’s online outage map. Click for link to SCE&G outage map Statewide more than 137,000 homes were without power. And the number was increasing Almost 70,000 of those were Charleston…

Gov. rescinds hospital evacuation for some counties, delays announcement on residents

Gov. Henry McMaster, at a Friday afternoon news conference, rescinded an order for the evacuation of Charleston, Georgetown Dorchester, Berkeley, and Horry county healthcare facilities, that includes hospitals, assisted-living facilities and nursing homes. McMaster had ordered the evacuation Thursday, but he eliminated those counties from the order because of a change, westward, in the expected track of Hurricane Irma. The…

Hurricane Irma center tracking west of Midlands, winds could begin Sunday night or Monday

The latest National Hurricane Center forecast track for Hurricane Irma has the center of the storm going west of Lexington and Richland counties. According to the National Weather Service in Columbia, tropical storm force winds – that would be up to 45 mph- could begin as early as Sunday night, but more likely Monday into Monday night, based on the…

Hurricane Irma, if it comes, would be early next week, say forecasters

Major Hurricane Irma remains a category 5 on the Saffir-Simpson Wind Scale, with sustained winds of 185 mph, according to the National Weather Service office in Columbia. The hurricane, on Thursday morning, is on a course for the Turks and Caicos and the Bahamas as a Category 5 hurricane.  Hurricane warnings have been issued for portions of the Greater Antilles and…

As Irma nears, SC Gov. Henry McMaster declares ‘state of emergency’

Governor Henry McMaster on Wednesday issued an executive order declaring a state of emergency Irma And, along with the S.C. Emergency Management Division, McMaster is urging South Carolinians to prepare for the possibility of Hurricane Irma impacting the state. The executive order enables all state agencies to coordinate resources in preparation for Hurricane Irma, which is currently a category five hurricane….

Flash Flood Warning issued, Columbia Police report flooding, Monday

A Flash Flood Warning has been issued for Columbia,  Dentsville, and Forest Acres until 5:45 p.m. Columbia Police are reporting flooding at  Sumter and Greene; King and Blossom, with vehicles stuck on water on Senate Street Officers are placing barricades at the flooded areas and roads. Do not drive around the barricades, police are warning. Columbia Police officers are monitoring…

Rain Monday afternoon could cause flash flooding

There could be some flash flooding in Richland and Lexington counties Monday afternoon. The possibility of heavy rain is predicted for parts of the the Midlands into the evening. From Monday afternoon, until midnight, anywhere from one-half of an inch to two inches could fall. Some areas will get more rain than others, according to the National Weather Service report. Rain is…

SCE&G encourages preparation as hurricane season opens, 11-to 17 storms predicted

Thursday (June 1) marks the beginning of the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season, and SC Electric and Gas, in a press release, is encouraging customers to take time to understand hurricane risks, get prepared, make a plan and stay informed. SCE&G President Keller Kissam, with SCE&G Spokesman Eric Boomhower to the left, during Hurricane Matthew preparation press conference in 2016. (ColaDaily Photo) …

Tornado has touched down, more rain predicted too

NWS graphic A tornado touched down near Saluda just before 3 p.m., according to the National Weather Service. And tornado watch has been issued for the Midlands for Wednesday afternoon, until 6 p.m. Strong storms are also forecast for Richland and Lexington counties, and many other Midlands counties. The tornado watch, issued by the National Weather Service at 11 a.m.   Thunderstorms…

Possible stormy weather predicted overnight Friday

Clouds on Gervais Street, Columbia. According to the National Weather Service there could be some severe weather in Richland and Lexington counties beginning late Friday night. Rain – and thunderstorms- are expected to begin in the mid-afternoon, Friday. Friday night,closer to midnight, there could be rainfall amounts between a quarter to a half on an inch, with storms that include…

SCE&G prepares crews for severe weather, issues emergency information

Storm on Gervais Street, Monday. (Photo by Terry Ward) SCE&G is encouraging customers to prepare for severe thunderstorms Wednesday as the company readies crews to respond to possible outages and other weather-related issues. “We’re carefully monitoring weather conditions in our service territory, and we’re prepared to respond to storm-related service interruptions,” said Bill Turner, SCE&G’s vice president of electric operations….

Hurricane Matthew claims life of Richland County man

Photo provided by NWS A Richland County nursing-home patient died Saturday, one of three known fatalities so far in South Carolina as a result of Hurricane Matthew. The deceased was identified Sunday by Richland County Coroner Gary Watts as David L. Outlaw, 65, a resident of National Health Care, a rehabilitative and skilled-nursing center located at 7601 Parklane Road in…

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