Gusts knock out power for thousands

Strong winds contributed to power outages for more than 1,100 customers of the major power companies in South Carolina as of 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Sustained winds above 20 mph with gusts around 35 mph were recorded throughout the Midlands. SCE&G reported more than 1,000 customers without power, most of them in the Charleston area. More than a thousand were affected earlier in the day in the Midlands, mainly in the Northeast Richland area.

Duke Power reported around 150 S.C. customers without power.

A wind advisory remains in effect through sundown for much of the state. The National Weather Service expects winds to build through the day, with gusts into the 50s along the coast and the 40s in the Midlands.

With temperatures in the 30s, the wind-chill factor was in the 20s in most parts of the state by mid-morning.

Moist soil and high winds often lead to overblown trees. While a few toppled trees have been reported to authorities across the state, problems were minimal in the morning.

The S.C. Insurance News Service suggests:

- Move cars inside garages or carports if possible.

- Bring lawn furniture inside.

- If trees fall on power lines, notify the power company and stay away from the downed line.