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When will power be restored? Here's a timeline

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(Source: Jody Barr) (Source: Jody Barr)
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

Tens of thousands of South Carolinians are still without power. The lingering question on the minds of those in the cold and dark is -- when will it be restored?

South Carolina's various power companies and cooperatives have done their best to try to give those who are still without power an approximate timeline for that to happen.

South Carolina Electric and Gas officials said the estimated restoration times provide an approximate time that weather-related power outages could be restored for approximately 90 to 95 percent of customers within a particular county.

In Orangeburg County, some will have to wait until at least Monday night for that to happen. SCE&G estimates most of the restoration efforts to be complete by 11 p.m.

The news is a little better for those living in Lexington and Calhoun Counties. The company estimates restoration by 10 p.m. Sunday.

In Newberry County, efforts will be mostly finished by noon on Sunday, SCE&G says.

Saturday at 11 p.m. is the time officials give for restoration in Saluda County.

Richland and Fairfield County SCE&G customers should be mostly up and running by noon Saturday.

"We understand that extended outages are frustrating and that customers are looking for updated information so that they can plan accordingly," said SCE&G's Keller Kissam. "However, it's important to note that these are estimates and are subject to change based on the ongoing restoration needs."

Although most damage assessments have been completed, certain conditions may still exist that could cause additional delays. Kissam reiterated that crews are making progress and will not stop working until power has been restored for all our customers.

For the full SCE&G list (which will be continuously updated), click here.

For those who live in Sumter County, Duke Energy Progress officials said Thursday night power should restored to most customers by Sunday at 11:45 p.m.

There is now an automated system for Duke Energy Progress customers to call for an even better estimate for their location. Call 1-800-POWER-ON and input your address for a targeted estimate for your neighborhood.

A spokesperson for Orangeburg's Department of Public Utilities says he feels comfortable stating 75 to 85 percent of customers should have power restored by 9 p.m. Friday. Randy Etters says the other customers may have to wait until Saturday or Sunday due to specialized circumstances such as personal property damage.

For those who are customers of the state's electric cooperatives, here is a timeline for restoration:

  • Mid-Carolina in Lexington: system is restored
  • Fairfield in Blythewood: system is restored
  • Tri-County in St. Matthews: complete restoration by Saturday
  • Aiken: early next week
  • Edisto in Bamberg: uncertain. Consumers there should be prepared for outages lasting a week or longer
  • Black River in Sumter: early next week

All of the utilities say they're working to get the largest numbers of customers, hospitals, public safety agencies back on the power grid first. They'll then work their way down to the smaller numbers and individual homes.

Officials say they are doing the best they can to turn power back on. They ask that you continue to be safe and practice patience.

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