More than 352,000 customers are without power across the state, predominantly in the Midlands and Pee Dee, as a temperatures finally started to rise above freezing around midday Thursday.
The hardest-hit area remains Aiken County, where more than 90 percent of South Carolina Electric & Gas customers were without power as of 11:00 am. In all, over 46,000 customers still have no power in the county, according to SCE&G.
Meanwhile, more problems are being reported among Duke Energy Progress customers in Sumter and Florence counties. Over 51,000 customers in those two counties had no power Thursday morning.
The Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina report over 137,000 outages among the state’s various rural co-ops, according to The State newspaper.
The weather is expected to improve slightly Thursday afternoon, helping melt much of the ice until evening. But overnight temperatures are expected to drop back below freezing once again, keeping roads hazardous for a fourth straight morning.