Wind damage causes power outages


Thursday, 01/12/12 – Several hundred Duke Energy customers in the Upstate remained without power Friday morning following outages caused by wind damage Thursday evening.

As of 9 a.m. Thursday, Duke Energy was reporting the following number of outages in the Upstate:

Anderson – 90

Greenville – 107

Greenwood – 102

Lancaster – 872

Laurens – 22

Oconee – 2

Pickens – 21

Spartanburg – 7

Non-thunderstorm wind damage reported to the 911 call center included numerous trees down across Anderson County. Damage reports began at approximately 7 p.m., followed by power outages throughout the area at approximately 7:30 p.m. Duke Energy customers in Williamston and surrounding areas lost power at about this time.

Power was restored to many homes by 12:30 a.m. Friday.

A non-thunderstorm wind gust of 48 mph was reported by ASOS.

A lake wind advisory remained in effect until noon Friday for the western Carolinas and extreme northeast Georgia. A lake wind advisory indicates that winds will cause rough chop on area lakes. Small boats will be especially prone to capsizing.

PictureTree falls away from trailer

Bertha Wood of 974 Cheddar Road looks over a large oak tree that toppled Wednesday evening from high winds. The tree, located just feet away from her trailer, fell into the back yard and away from the trailer, If it had fallen in the opposite direction is would have caused considerable damage. Wood said she was very blessed that it did not fall on her home.