SCE&G warns of potential for prolonged power outages due to Hurricane Florence

(WIS) - As Hurricane Florence approaches, SCE&G is encouraging customers to be prepared and stay safe for what may be a prolonged outage event.

"Regardless of this storm's exact path, we anticipate Florence will bring dangerous winds and the potential for heavy rain and flooding across our service territory, which could result in significant power outages for our customers," SCE&G Vice President of Operations Bill Turner said. "We have worked for years to strengthen our system against the impacts of severe weather, and our response for this particular event has already begun. We ask that all of our customers stand ready to execute their plans as well."

While the goal is to restore power safely and efficiently during the height of the storm, SCE&G says they are committed to making sure that all employees are safe until the storm passes.

"A severe weather event such as this will be challenging not only for our customers, but also our employees," Turner said. "Crews will begin restoring power as soon as it is safe for them to do so."

Customers can monitor power outages in their area on the SCE&G website here. 

Report outages:

By text: Register your mobile device for SCE&G's text option at www.sceg.com/text. Log in to your account and look for "Activate Text Options" under the "Account Options" feature and then follow the instructions. Once you are registered, if you are experiencing an outage, text the word "OUT" to 467234 (gosceg).

By mobile device: Report and check the status of your power outage online from your internet-ready mobile device or phone by visiting the website and clicking on "Outages & Emergencies."

By phone: 888-333-4465.

Stay away from downed power lines. Storms can cause tree limbs and entire trees to break and fall, sometimes taking power lines and even meter boxes down with them, officials say. Always assume any downed power line you see is live and stay away. To report a downed line, call 888-333-4465.

It is not necessary to turn off your natural gas service at the meter during a hurricane. Natural gas is distributed through underground lines that should operate uninterrupted throughout the storm. However, if you believe flooding could cause the pilot light of a natural gas appliance to be extinguished, you can turn off the appliance's supply valve. If you do turn off the appliance's supply valve, or if your appliance becomes flooded, do not try to relight the pilot light yourself; instead, contact a qualified contractor to inspect the appliance before using it.

In anticipation of the storm impact on the Saluda Basin, SCE&G is releasing water from Lake Murray through the Saluda Hydro facility. They will continue to manage it throughout the storm. Monitor the lake levels here.

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