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Power outages reported in the Midlands as Matthew slams coast

Published: Oct. 8, 2016 at 8:53 AM EDT|Updated: Oct. 8, 2016 at 1:22 PM EDT
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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Power outages are the newest scourge of South Carolinians as a result of Hurricane Matthew.

While over 50,000 SCE&G customers in Richland and Lexington counties are without power at this point, SCE&G is reporting more than 175,000 customers without power in the entire state.

RELATED: See photos of Hurricane Matthew's wrath.

The company says it has secured an additional 250 off-system crew members to supplement the more than 2,000 employees responding to the storm.

SCE&G offers the following safety and storm preparedness tips for customers:

  • Report outages:

By text: Register for SCE&G's text option online at SCE&G's website. Once you are registered, if you are experiencing an outage, simply text the                     word "OUT" to 467234 (gosceg).

By phone: 1-888-333-4465.

By mobile device: 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 "Outages & Emergencies."

  • 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. Always assume any downed power line you see is live and stay away. To report a downed line, call 1-888-333-4465.
  • Stay informed – Keeping customers safe and up-to-date with timely information is a top priority. Follow SCE&G on Twitter at @scegnews or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/scegnews for the latest storm-related information and safety tips.

The Electrical Cooperatives of South Carolina are reporting thousands of outages statewide here.

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