Few still without power

Published: Jan. 29, 2014 at 12:36 AM EST|Updated: Jan. 30, 2014 at 6:32 PM EST
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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Power companies are reporting single-digit number of outages.

Berkeley Electric officials say few customers are without power Thursday over a widespread area.

Officials with the power company previously said crews were sent home Wednesday night due to OSHA regulations, but according to Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations Eddie McKnight, crews worked throughout the night to restore power to customers.

Berkeley Electric officials say at the height of the storm, an estimated 5,000 costumers were without power. This week's total saw about 12,000 people in the dark. Because of those numbers, the company had to seek help from other nearby crews.

"We have a team approach to try to get power restored and we had to reach out to other cooperatives in South Carolina. Fairfield, Mid-Carolina and Newberry came to help us this time," said Marketing Director Eddie Plowden. "We were prepared. We have a major storm plan and we implement that when this type of thing happens."

Crews with both companies have been working all day to restore power to areas of the Lowcountry. Officials say some customers were experience outages due to trees coming in contact with power lines. Officials say in some situations, power lines have been taken down by the heavy weight.

Thousands of customers have already has their power restored.

SCE&G customers can report power outages by calling 1-888-333-4465. To check an outage map, click here.

To report an outage with Berkeley Electric, call 1-888-253-4232. To check an outage map, click here.

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