Hurricane Florence: Prepare for Lengthy Power Outages
Wow, what a week it’s been already. Hurricane Florence has been eyeing the Carolinas for days now, and the track seems to be moving more to the south. That means our service territory looks like it could get a direct hit. That also means we could experience lengthy power outages.
I know you’ve heard it a lot this week, but please prepare – and specifically prepare for being without power, possibly for days. Santee Cooper is here and ready to respond, and we have additional crews from other states on standby, but wind and rain conditions may make it difficult for us to restore power quickly and safely if it goes out. As of the morning of Sept. 12, forecasts say we could be looking at tropical storm force winds Thursday through Sunday. For the safety of our crews, we cannot use bucket trucks if sustained winds are over 35 mph.
And then there’s the rain. As Florence stalls over land, forecasts are calling for a ridiculous amount of rainfall. In the world of electricity, rainfall means two main things: 1. The ground will be saturated, making it easier for trees to uproot and fall on power lines. 2. Rain can bring flooding and make it difficult to get to our power lines, especially the transmission lines that over swampy areas.
Again, while we all hope it won’t happen, please prepare for lengthy power outages. If you want to stay up to date with what Santee Cooper is doing and with outage information, follow us on Facebook and Twitter, and check out our Storm Center.
You can report power outages online at Storm Center or by calling 888-769-7688. (Be sure to have your account number handy.) Don’t assume we know your power is out. Please report it.
Most importantly, stay safe!