Power companies working to restore electricity

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Power companies are working to restore power to area customers affected by outages due to the winter weather that passed through the area earlier in the week. Colder weather is expected over the next few days. Duke Power is reporting 10,734 Anderson County customers without power with estimated restoration by 11:45 a.m. today (Wednesday).

Thirteen of those are in the Williamston area, 35 in Cheddar and 27 in the Toney Creek area. There are 191 customers along the Anderson-Pickens county line that are experiencing a power outage. County wide there are currently 523 outage locations. Duke serves 83,112 customers in Anderson County. To report an electric problem cal1-800-POWERON (1-800-769-3766)

As of 6:30 a.m. Wedensday morning, Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative had 2,653 members without electric service. The number of member outages by county is as follows:

· Anderson – 869

· Greenville – 40

· Oconee – 909

· Pickens – 835

On the Blue Ridge system, all backbone feeder lines are back in service. Crews working overnight were able to restore service to a few hundred additional members. With the coming of daylight, it is expected that more progress will be made today. Workers are still having to deal with extensive damage to the system, including some broken poles. In addition, the forecast of high winds today could hinder efforts to restore service as quickly as we would like. The cooperative has nearly 300 linemen in the field to address this storm emergency.

To report an outage: 1-888-BLUERIDGE.