Freezing rain prep
Article was added on Tuesday, January 13, 2015
South Carolina's electric cooperatives
preparing for freezing rain
Electric cooperatives in
South Carolina are monitoring a weather system that may produce icy
conditions in some parts of the state. Freezing rain is forecast
to begin in the pre-dawn hours of Wednesday.
are tracking the weather and preparing for anything that comes our
way," said Todd Carter, vice president of loss control and training
at The Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina.
If necessary, electric
cooperatives headquartered south of Interstate 20 are prepared to
send line workers north to help restore power. Co-op personnel in
Georgia and Western North Carolina
are also available
for assisting if needed. Though early predictions suggest minimal
damage, preparations are made for a worst-case scenario for each
weather event. Based on early predictions, however, ice accumulation will not
be sufficient to bring down tree limbs or cause widespread power
outages in the Palmetto State.
winter storms, we can never be too careful," said Carter. "The
forecast can change quickly. We have crews in three states on
stand-by. If there is an outage event, the trucks will be ready to
travel as soon as it is safe Wednesday morning."
Last February, Winter
Storm Pax delivered a devastating blow to South Carolina. More than
350,000 residents lost power after significant accumulations of ice
downed trees and power lines. For a few of the state's electric
cooperatives, Winter Storm Pax was the most damaging weather
event since Hurricane Hugo in 1989. President Obama declared South
federal disaster area and the state spent more than $430 million to
repair ice and snow damage.
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