The Latest: 35,000 remain without power in South Carolina
Sep. 13, 2017
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on the effects of Hurricane Irma in South Carolina (all times local):
Tens of thousands of people in South Carolina are going to spend another night in the dark because of Irma.
Utilities reported about 35,000 power outages remained in the state Wednesday afternoon, two days after the winds and rains from Irma moved through the state.
Most of the outages are with Duke Energy customers in the Upstate, while the Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina also had many customers without electricity.
The most outages were in Oconee County, where about 8,200 customers were without power. Other significant outages were in Anderson, Greenville and Pickens counties.
The utilities expect to have nearly everyone without power back with electricity by the end of the week.
A number of colleges near the South Carolina coast are still closed because of the effects of Hurricane Irma.
Four schools in Charleston and one in Beaufort have not yet reopened. The College of Charleston, The Citadel, Charleston Southern University and Trident Technical College plan to resume classes Thursday.
The Medical University of South Carolina resumed classes Wednesday.
The University of South Carolina Beaufort said classes will resume September 18.
Coastal Carolina University in Conway resumed classes Wednesday.
Most public primary and secondary schools in the state resumed classes Wednesday.
The National Park Service said Tropical Storm Irma's rains and storm surge left 3 feet (1 meter) of water inside Fort Sumer
The Post and Courier of Charleston reported that there was some damage to the fort's docking pier and some interior facilities. But National Park Service officials say no artifacts were damaged.
Dawn Davis with the Fort Sumter National Monument said it will be several days before the fort reopens to the public.
Davis said the Charles Pinckney site in Mount Pleasant and Fort Moultrie on Sullivan's Island will reopen to the public Thursday.
Fort Sumter was the site of the first battle of the Civil War.
The cleanup effort continues in South Carolina after rain, wind, and flooding prompted by Hurricane Irma
Utilities South Carolina reported more than 63,000 customers were without service Wednesday morning.
Duke Energy had the biggest problem with nearly 37,000 customers without service. The biggest problems were in Greenville, Anderson and Pickens counties.
The Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina reported nearly 15,000 customers without power. The biggest problems were in Oconee and Charleston counties.
South Carolina Electric & Gas Co. had nearly 12,000 customers without service. Beaufort and Charleston counties had the most customers without electricity.
Gov. Henry McMaster on Tuesday lifted an evacuation order that had been in effect on the barrier islands in the southern part of the state.
All state offices were resuming normal operating hours Wednesday.