COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - For the thousands of customers without power in South Carolina in the wake of Irma, help is on the way.
A convoy of utility trucks and line workers is headed to South Carolina from Arkansas to help the Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina restore power to the more than 52,000 customers who lost service due to Irma Monday.
As of Tuesday morning, the Electric Cooperatives report about 44,000 outages in the state's 46 counties. Most of the outages were in the area between the Savannah River to Columbia and from Charleston to Spartanburg. Click here to see the outage map.
"With first light we'll be able to attack it and get those numbers down fairly quickly, we believe," said Van O'Cain with the Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina. "This was a relatively small number, so it should be done fairly quickly."
Ginny Jones with SCE&G said Tuesday morning that crews worked overnight to restore power to about half the customers.
"We've basically cut them in half," she said.
Jones also said the utility has more than 2,000 employees working to get power back on statewide.
SCE&G reports about 50,000 customers without power Tuesday morning. Click here for a map of SCE&G outages.
Duke Energy says about 101,00 customers lost service in South Carolina. Click here for a map of Duke Energy outages.
Rain and wind, especially wind gusts, caused the most damage to the power system.
More than 100 Arkansas line workers formed a convoy Monday headed to South Carolina to help with power system repairs. They will join at least 200 more from other states who will be traveling to the state.
About 200 technicians will arrive in the damaged areas from North Carolina and Virginia Tuesday.