Preparing for Hurricane Hermine
Article was added on Thursday, September 01, 2016
advance of the Hurricane Hermine, electric cooperative crews from
states neighboring South Carolina are on standby prepared to assist
restoration efforts in the event of widespread outages. The
meandering, slow-moving storm is predicted to pass overland Friday,
directly affecting Georgia and the Palmetto State.
"At times like this, we hope for the best and prepare for the
worst," said Todd Carter, vice president of loss control and
training for The Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina. "If we do
have to call additional crews for help, it's good to know we have
The National Weather Service in Charleston predicts tropical
storm force winds for coastal counties in the Lowcountry Friday,
while a significant portion of South Carolina is under a flash
"This is a good time to remind electric cooperative members that
they should have an emergency kit in their home," said Carter. Kits
can include items like flashlights, batteries, a first-aid kit and
a hand-crank radio. Households are also urged to have ample
supplies of fresh water and non-perishable food. "And we also want
to stress how important it is to practice safety around electrical
If outages do occur, consumers are urged to:
- Stay away from downed wires or damaged electric equipment.
Assume any downed wire is still energized and dangerous. Touching
an energized wire can lead to injuries and death.
- Never use a portable generator inside a home or garage. Some
products produce carbon monoxide fumes that can build up and poison
people and animals.
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