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Curfew again Monday night in Sumter Co. because of power outages and debris on roads

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Power crews work to restore electricity in Sumter. (Source: Sumter Police Department) Power crews work to restore electricity in Sumter. (Source: Sumter Police Department)
A large tree blocks SC 261 on Saturday. A large tree blocks SC 261 on Saturday.
SUMTER COUNTY, SC (WIS) -

A curfew for Sumter County is in effect again tonight due to power outages and downed trees.

Residents and visitors are being asked to stay inside Monday night from 11 p.m. – 5 a.m.

Much of the city of Sumter and some of the more rural areas are still without electricity in the Duke Energy coverage area. More than 20,000 customers are still dark in the greater Sumter area.

Sumter Mayor Joe McElveen says he’s been told it could be days before power is restored. He says some of the main transmission lines are down and those have to be repaired first before the distribution lines are fixed.

Officials say it’s difficult to convince people there are dangers on the roads with today's beautiful weather.

City and county leaders are still urging people to stay home during daylight hours if they don’t need to be on the roads.

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