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West Columbia, SC (WLTX) - Governor Nikki Haley is asking South Carolinians to hunker down as a major winter storm moves through the state.

Haley and other state emergency agency heads gave an update on the winter storm Wednesday afternoon.

"We are now in the brunt of the storm," Haley said. "The numbers and the conditions look like it's going to be worse than the storm of 2004, where we had 200,000 outages and people without power for a week."

Even by noon, Haley said the number of outages was over 80,000, a number that was expected to rise as the day progressed.

To help with the state's efforts,Haley has requested a federal declaration of emergency to help South Carolina gain access to FEMA assets.

She said 1,500 South Carolina Department of Transportation employees are out on the roads trying to make the better. Approximately 354 state troopers are patrolling the highways and intestates as well.

Haley repeated the advice most officials have been giving: stay off the roads if you don't have to be on them."

"This is an extremely dangerous event," she said.

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