Fewer than 600 outages reported after Dorian as of Monday

Fewer than 600 outages reported after Dorian as of Monday
Berkeley County Electric Co-Op crews work to restore power after Hurricane Dorian. (Source: Berkeley Electric Cooperative)

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - The number of customers without power statewide dropped to below 600 as of Monday afternoon, according to reports from Lowcountry utilities.

At the peak of outages during Hurricane Dorian’s pass along the South Carolina coast on Thursday, more than 200,000 power customers were offline. By Saturday morning, that number had dropped to just below 25,000.

Utilities reported about half of Charleston County energy customers had lost power at the height of Dorian, but that number had fallen to below 1 percent as of shortly after 10 a.m.

Dominion Energy officials said it hoped to have the majority of its Charleston County customers online by 11 p.m. Sunday.

Santee Cooper officials said crews were working through Friday night and will remain in the field until all customers who can receive power are back online.

In a Facebook post Friday, Berkeley Electric Co-Operative said it hoped to have most of the customers in Goose Creek and Moncks Corner districts restored by the end of the day Friday.

“The Johns Island district suffered the most damage with at least 24 broken poles so we will be committing significant resources to that area,” the post stated. Members in that district should plan for outages to extend into Saturday. The same goes for members in the Awendaw district, the post stated.

Hurricane Dorian knocked trees down across power lines, causing widespread power outages across portions of the Lowcountry.
Hurricane Dorian knocked trees down across power lines, causing widespread power outages across portions of the Lowcountry. (Source: Berkeley Electric Cooperative)

By the numbers: Outages county-by-county

The following outages were reported as of Saturday afternoon.

Dominion Energy

  • Charleston County: 99
  • Colleton County: 71

Berkeley Electric Cooperative

  • Berkeley County: 5
  • Charleston County: 10

Dominion Energy said its crews began assessing damage and restoring power as soon as the storm passed with the a top priority on facilities critical to public health and safety, such as hospitals, fire and police departments, and water treatment systems. Crews then work to return service to the largest number of residential and business customers in the shortest amount of time. Once major repairs are completed, individual homes and smaller groups of customers are restored.

The quickest and most efficient way for customers in South Carolina to notify Dominion Energy of a power outage is to report it online at www.DominionEnergySC.com, using a mobile device.

Santee Cooper crews were lining up support from dozens of other public power crews from across the southeast to help with power restoration, spokesperson Mollie Gore said. More than 800 people will be available to help repair damage to the transmission and distribution systems and another 500 will make sure the utilities generation stations are ready.

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