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Power recovery underway in Upstate as remnants of Zeta moves through South Carolina

Storm brings high winds, threat of heavy rain, possible tornado action to state Thursday
Credit: Edisto Electric Cooperative
Edisto Electric Cooperative crews depart to assist in power restoration efforts at Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative in Pickens, S.C., after remnants of Hurricane Zeta blow through the Upstate.

COLUMBIA, S.C. — As the remnants of Hurricane Zeta move through South Carolina Thursday, Oct. 29, high winds caused scattered power outages across counties in the Upstate.

The South Carolina Emergency Management Division tweeted out early Thursday morning that close to 140,000 customers were without power. 

The interactive site poweroutage.us showed that, as of 9:05 a.m., a great number of outages were reported in Oconee, Pickens, Greenville, and Saluda counties. Most of the customers, so far, are covered by Duke Energy.

Just after 1 p.m., The Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina (ECSC) reported six substations were without power after the storm interrupted Duke Energy's transmission lines that carry high-voltage bulk electricity to cooperative distribution systems in several Upstate counties. Crews at Blue Ridge and Broad River were assessing damage done to power distribution lines but outages related to Duke Energy's transmission lines must be completed before repairs can be made to the electrical co-op's distribution lines.

According to ECSC, as of 12:30 p.m., 42,500 electric co-op customers were without power.

Crews from Berkeley, Coastal, Edisto, Horry, Newberry, New Horizon, Palmetto, Santee and Tri-County electric co-ops were headed to Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative to aid in power restoration.

High winds are expected to continue through the afternoon as the storm continues to cross the state. Wind gust of up to 38 mph were recorded in Columbia at 11 a.m.

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