Orangeburg, SC (WLTX) -- Tens of thousands of customers are without power across the South Carolina, and in Orangeburg County, ice and wind has knocked out power to thousands more.

Power was out to more than 20,000 in the county, as of Thursday night, after tree limbs had become heavy with ice over the past couple days, knocking down power lines as they tumble to the ground.

It sent many people who were without power to hotels.
"It's very hard because my children and my husband and me are all pressed into one room," said Glenda Young, who was staying at a Holiday Inn Express just off I-26 in Orangeburg with her husband James Young, Sr., and two children, Hannah, 17, and James, Jr., 9.

The Young's said the power in the Rowesville home had been out since about 2 p.m. Wednesday.

Managers at the hotel said they had been taking calls all day from people needing a place to stay, but had to turn people away starting at about 10 a.m. Wednesday because each of the hotel's 78 rooms were full.

Because both parents work at the hotel, the Young's were lucky enough to get a room, but said it also comes with challenges.

"Definitely a lot of refereeing," James Young, Sr. said. "Sometimes, even as being a parent, I have to even tell myself that it's time to give myself a little time out."

Glenda said it was tough because the family was compacted into one room, which was a change, because at home, each child has their own room.

Phones at the hotel continued ringing as people kept calling in, looking to come to the hotel, but the Young's couldn't wait to go home.

"You know what the motto says," Glenda Young said, "there's nothing like home, and that's what it is."

Power crews will be working to turn the power back on through the night, but it could be anywhere from one to two weeks before everyone has their power back on.

More than 91,000 people call Orangeburg County home, according a 2012 estimate from the U.S. Census Bureau.

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