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Still some without power in Tri-County area

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Berkeley County electric says about 250 homes are still without power, which is down from about 4,000 Monday night.

SCE&G has restored electricity to about 1,000 people. Those outages were caused by an accident. A car hit a power pole, leaving homes along River Avenue and Hedgewood in the dark.

As of Tuesday morning, SCE&G says all power in that area has been restored. In Dorchester County, 81 SCE&G customers are still without power. Also, three homes in Berkeley County, four in Colleton County and 132 Hampton County are without power.

At peak, more than 4,000 SCE&G customers had lost power Monday, but as of 6 a.m. Tuesday, SCE&G had fewer than 400 customers still without electric service.

SCE&G's Senior Vice President of Electric and Gas Operations, Keller Kissam, said the company's tree trimming efforts over the past two years helped keep power outages to a minimum during the winter storm.

"Most service interruptions during a winter storm result from snow and ice causing tree limbs and entire trees to break and fall, sometimes taking power lines down with them," Kissam said. "The relatively low number of power outages we've seen over the past 24 hours shows just how important tree trimming is to the safety and reliability of our electric system."

Kissam said SCE&G's storm team will continue monitoring the weather and responding to reports of power outages as they may occur throughout the day today.

There were major concerns about ice build-up on power lines.

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