Hurricane Dorian knocked out energy to greater than 240,000 houses and companies throughout the Palmetto State on Thursday as tropical storm-force winds whipped up the coast uprooting bushes, felling branches and snapping electrical traces.
The cyclone started knocking out energy within the early morning hours because it continued its crawl northward. However the injury to the coastal electrical grid picked up as the attention of the storm drew nearer to land and wind gusts of greater than 50 mph lashed elements of the state’s shoreline.
At one level, Gov. Henry McMaster introduced your complete metropolis of Georgetown was with out energy.
A whole lot of utility crews and contractors had been staged upfront of the storm labored to revive energy to rural communities and elements of downtown Charleston. However they had been hampered within the early afternoon by the excessive wind speeds, which made it not possible to make use of bucket vehicles.
Dominion Power, which took over S.C. Electrical & Gasoline earlier this yr, handled essentially the most outages. By Thursday afternoon, the investor-owned utility reported greater than 165,000 clients with out electrical energy.
Most of these outages had been in Charleston County, the place greater than 108,000 clients had been with out energy at one level, in response to an outage map up to date by the electrical utility. There have been greater than 30,000 clients with out energy in Dorchester County and greater than 8,000 in Berkeley County.
Keller Kissam, the chief working officer for Dominion in South Carolina, one the harder-hit areas was James Island, the place tree trimming was delayed by 4 months as residents complained about injury to among the island’s venerable reside oak bushes.
That delay, Kissam mentioned, resulted…