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Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- Power outages from the Winter Mess still affects 164,751 homes and businesses in the state.

That's less than half of the more than 346,000 outages reported by SC Emergency Management Division Thursday morning at 11AM.

South Carolina Emergency Management Division Public Information Coordinator Derrec Becker tells News 19 that throughout the hardest hit areas, the American Red Cross of South Carolina has 28 Warming Centers housing over 400 people.

Becker also says that SC's DHEC is operating 7 special needs shelters, caring for 34 residents. He tells us that the SC Department of Safety has responded to nearly 5000 calls for service in connection to the storm, and SC's Highway Patrol tended to more than 1500 vehicle wrecks.

The Numbers from SC EMD:
1,508 Vehicle Collisions
1,197 Trees In Roadways
342 Abandoned Vehicles
176 Power Lines in Roads
20,000 Additional Tons of Road Salt were requested as well

Utility staffers are working tirelessly to get the power back on, evident with the 8AM Saturday update from the South Carolina Electric Cooperatives Public Relations Director Van O'Cain.

O'Cain says the number of Co-Op customers without power has been reduced by about half from Friday, now with about 74,000 home and business customers remaining without power.

South Carolina Electric and Gas currently shows a little over 48,500 customers without power, and Duke / Progress Energy reports approximately 23,800 customers in South Carolina still have no power.

On a side-note, while working on Friday night's earthquake near Edgefield, News 19 reporter Jennifer Bellamy and photographer Corey Epps tell us that not a hotel room could be had anywhere near the south-west central part of South Carolina.

Every hotel was packed with Utility Workers, here temporarily, helping get the power back on.

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