Lights back on for residents after Irene knocks out power

A downed power line on Folly Road. (Source: SCE&G)
A downed power line on Folly Road. (Source: SCE&G)

FOLLY BEACH, SC (WCSC) - Many of the largest power outages have been repaired across the Lowcountry.

SCE&G reported Friday afternoon that they have restored power to more than 2,500 customers after wind from Hurricane Irene knocked a power line down across a Folly Road bridge Friday morning.

A few thousand experienced loss of power in downtown Charleston earlier Friday, but SCE&G crews have repaired all outages in that area. The severe weather affected the Septima Clark Expressway for several hours, knocking out traffic lights at four intersections.

During the course of the storm, Berkeley Electric had a total of 5400 members without power, but has since repaired power to all customers in the Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties.

Traffic was backed up on Folly Road Friday morning after a power pole fell on a bridge by Crosby Fish & Shrimp heading on to the island. Police opened one lane of traffic to allow people to get on and off the island, but the road is still congested. The power line still has not been repaired.

Authorities say strong winds from Hurricane Irene's western bands caused the power pole to snap. Power has been out since around 7:30 a.m.

SCE&G crews are on scene making repairs to the downed power line. They expect to have power restored by 4 p.m., according to SCE&G.

On Fripp Island in Beaufort County, SCE&G reported 1,600 without power. Power has since been restored.

In Mt. Pleasant, police patrols have been increased in the low lying flood prone areas as well high wind areas such as the Ravenel and Wando Bridges. No road closures are expected at this time, but should conditions cause a risk to the public, this may change. Decisions such as closing roadways or bridges will be a coordinated effort with neighboring jurisdictions and the SCDOT.

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