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Utilities Prepared, Urge You To Do The Same

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SPARTANBURG, S.C. - With parts of the Upstate expecting up to a half inch of ice due to freezing rain, in addition to a few inches of snow, power outages are expected.

The locations most likely to impacted are from Abbeville into Greenwood and into southern Union and Laurens counties.

Power companies say they're making extra resources available to help keep your power on, or return service as soon as possible if it goes out.

If you lose power, utility officials say the first thing you should do is call to let them know.



  • Check your supply of flashlights, batteries, bottled water, non-perishable foods, medicines, etc.
  • Ensure a portable, battery-operated radio, TV or NOAA weather radio is on hand.
  • Do not attempt to heat your home with a gas grill or by bringing a generator inside. Only operate such equipment outdoors in well-ventilated areas. Follow manufacturer instructions.
  • Check on family members, friends and neighbors who have special medical needs or who are elderly to ensure they have necessary emergency supplies. Encourage them to determine now what action they would take in the event of an extended power outage.
  • If you lose power, turn off as many appliances and electronics as possible. This will help with restoration efforts as it will reduce the immediate demand on the power lines when power is restored.
  • Once your power is restored, wait a few minutes before turning your equipment back on.

Stay away from power lines that have fallen or are sagging. Consider all lines energized as well as trees or limbs in contact with lines. If a power line falls across a car that you're in, stay in the car. If you MUST get out of the car due to a fire or other immediate life-threatening situation, do your best to jump clear of the car and land on both feet. Be sure that no part of your body is touching the car when your feet touch the ground.


Restoring power after an ice storm can be challenging as travel conditions are poor. Before power can be restored, crews first assess damage and determine what crews, equipment and supplies will be needed to make repairs. Because of this, customers may see damage assessors patrolling their neighborhoods before crews arrive to begin work. Crews prioritize work to ensure the largest number of customers is restored as quickly as possible. Essential services such as hospitals and emergency responders have priority. “Our crews will work as quickly and safely as possible to complete restorations,” said Jeff Corbett, senior vice president of Duke Energy’s Carolinas Delivery Operations. “Depending on the number of outages and the amount of damage sustained, we know from past storms some customers may experience multi-day outages. I cannot stress enough the importance of being prepared and having a plan in place now in the event your power goes off. We appreciate our customers and their advanced preparedness and patience as we brace for this unprecedented event.” 
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