Most area residents so far have avoided power outages associated with the ice accumulation and winter weather. As of 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Duke Energy was reporting 35,373 customers affected by power outages in Anderson County. There were 928 outage locations across the county. Williamston had 10 locations without power and Piedmont had 12. Expected time for power restoration for those locations is 11:45 a.m. Wed. morning.
As of 5 p.m., Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative had 4,818 members without power. The number of outages by county is as follows:
· Anderson – 1,118
· Greenville – 54
· Oconee – 1,790
· Pickens – 1,856
Blue Ridge system update – The heavy layer of ice from last night’s storm resulted in widespread damage across much of the cooperative’s distribution system and has produced a number of broken poles. Only one backbone feeder—which serves in the Enon Church community of Pickens County—remains out. Nearly 300 linemen are working across the Blue Ridge the system now. Crews will continue to work through the overnight hours and expect to have additional success in restoring service. However, some members will not see their service restored until sometime on Wednesday.
To report an outage: 1-888-BLUERIDGE.