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Power outages impact 4,000

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By Hannah Strong and Mandy Catoe

UPDATE:
About 4,000 homes and businesses in eastern Lancaster County woke up without electricity Tuesday morning.
The power was not expected to be back on until 10 p.m. Tuesday, said Lancaster County Administrator Steve Willis.
“The damage to the lines was a direct feed out of the retail (sub) station, which ran through the woods,” said Duke Energy spokesman Rick Jiran.
At least two major power lines deep in the woods were taken down by fallen trees. Two of the poles will have to be dug by hand because the forest density will not allow access for a backhoe, Willis said.
Duke Energy sent out text notifications about 3 a.m. Tuesday when the power initially went out.
The message said power would be restored by 6 a.m., though another alert was sent out about that time saying power wouldn’t be restored until 10 p.m. Tuesday.
Three of the six trunk lines for 911 were not working early Tuesday morning. However, all six 911 lines were working by 9 a.m.
Willis said no calls were lost or missed and the only compromise in the 911 system was a loss of redundancy.
Backup generators kept the 911 call center and EMS in operation. Lancaster County Public Works was closed.
Late afternoon flickering sent Economic Development and Veteran’s Affairs employees home early, Willis said.
Power was restored to all but 560 customers in the areas of John Everall Road, Potter Road, Pageland Highway and Holiday Road by 4 p.m.
However, that number quickly jumped to more than 3,300 outages before 5 p.m., Jiran said.
The new outage area is southwest of Lancaster along Great Falls Highway all the way to Bell Town and includes about 2,500 homes.
“It has been a complicated repair,” Jiran said. “We had damage to another retail (sub) station that Duke Energy was using to pick up the additional load from the Lancaster retail station.”
Jiran said Duke Energy called in additional crews to deal with the outages Tuesday.
USC Lancaster’s campus was out of power, as well. A two-day orientation session for fall semester students was scheduled to begin Tuesday, but it was cancelled. School officials said orientation would resume at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday. The parents orientation scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday was moved to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.
 

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ORIGINAL POSTING, 9:49 a.m. July 25:
Four thousand homes and businesses in eastern Lancaster County woke up without electricity Tuesday morning. The power is not expected to be back on until 10 p.m. Tuesday, said Lancaster County Administrator Steve Willis.
At least two major power lines deep in the woods were taken down by fallen trees. Two of the poles will have to be dug by hand because forest density will not allow access for a backhoe, Willis said.
Duke Energy sent out text notifications about 3 a.m. Tuesday when the power initially went out. The message said power would be restored by 6 a.m., though another alert was sent out about that time saying power wouldn’t be restored until 10 p.m. Tuesday.
Earlier this morning, three of the six trunk lines for 911 were not working. However, all six 911 lines were working by 9 a.m.
Willis said no calls were lost or missed and the only compromise in the system was a loss of redundancy.
Backup generators are keeping the 911 call center and EMS in operation. Lancaster County Public Works is closed.
USC Lancaster’s campus is out of power, as well. A two-day orientation session for fall semester students was scheduled to begin today, but it has been cancelled. School officials say orientation will resume 8:30 a.m. Wednesday. The parents orientation scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday has been moved to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Check back for updates.