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SCE&G still ready to go despite recent shift in Irma's track

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SCE&G officials say they are more than prepared for Hurricane Irma even if the storm's track has shifted significantly to the west in the past 24 hours.

Keller Kissam, President of Retail Operations with SCE&G, stressed at a Friday morning news conference that complacency because of the new track was not something the power company could suggest in the days ahead.

“Don't get a false sense of complacency based upon the latest track of the hurricane," Kissam said. "I can just remind you a year ago, Hurricane Matthew. We really didn't know it's final destination until it made landfall within our service territory. And, so, it is with Irma."

Of course, the biggest concern is power outages, but SCE&G officials say this may not be the only threat. They’re reminding customers to be on the lookout for downed power lines and the smell of natural gas. Often times this is described as the same smell as rotten eggs, but it can also be hard to detect. 

Kissam asked customers to, of course, stay away from downed power lines and instead call SCE&G at 1-888-333-4465.

“We can’t control what comes, but you know what we can control? We can control our response and we can control the commitment that we have to our customers which is unending and undying. We don’t care what comes out of the Atlantic Basin or the Gulf of Mexico," Kissam said.

RELATED: See the latest on Hurricane Irma's forecast.

The power company is still preparing for hurricane and tropical storm force winds as the remnants of the storm trek into eastern Georgia and western South Carolina. Additional power polls, wiring, and other items have been ordered ahead of the storm.

SCE&G says they were told the storm was initially set to impact an estimated 350,000 customers. That number is now down to 50,000 to 70,000 customers.

SCE&G officials are already preparing ahead of the storm.

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