Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Below freezing temperatures and icy conditions greeted Berkeley County Wednesday morning, as the National Weather Service predicts temperatures to remain below freezing until into the afternoon.
• Berkeley Electric Cooperative line crews are responding to the outages through its service area.
Berkeley Electric Cooperative has experienced outages related to trees contacting the power lines and some lines have been taken down by the heavy weight. Currently, BEC reported outages affecting the heavily wooded areas with approximately 4,000 members affected over a widespread area.
Nearly 5,000 have already been restored as crews worked all through the night at many different locations. Crews will be working until all power is restored.
If you see a downed power line, stay away from the line and report it immediately to BEC.
To report an outage, please call the BEC automated outage reporting system at 1-888-253-4232. Members can also stay updated by following us on Facebook and keep track of the status of repairs through our live outage viewer map located on our homepage at www.bec.coop.
At 7 a.m., SCE&G reported just over 500 Berkeley residents were without power.
To report a power outage, SCE&G customers can call 1-888-333-4465. You can also report and check the status of your power outage online from your internet-ready mobile device or phone by visiting www.sceg.com/mobile and clicking on storm center. SCE&G’s storm center, www.sceg.com/storm provides information and links to help customers prepare for and deal with inclement weather and related power outages – information about how to report power outages and our process for restoring service to our customers, as well as important safety tips.