Orangeburg, SC (WLTX) - The significant ice storm that struck Orangeburg County Wednesday has led to dangerous driving conditions and power outages.
Between a half-inch and three-quarters of an inch of ice fell in the area. For perspective, about a quarter-inch to a half an inch fell during the ice storm of 2004.
All that thick ice built up on power lines, dragging them down. News19's Steven Dial found one intersection where atraffic light had been pulled down by the ice to where it was hanging about four feet off the ground.
A half an inch of ice on a power line stretching between two poles weighs roughly 500 pounds.
Down trees and branches were reported all across the county.
In addition to the outages caused by the down lines, roads were also a major hazard for drivers, causing numerous accidents.
Relief isn't coming anytime soon--the ice won't begin to melt until Thursday afternoon. There will likely still be a mix of snow and ice on roads and the ground until late Friday.