Hurricane Michael, now a tropical storm, knocked out power to nearly 125,000 homes in South Carolina.
By noon that number had dropped to 110,000.
Richland County has 12,255 homes without power.
Power is out at 6,302 homes in Lexington County
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And 399 homes are without power in Kershaw County.
Aiken County, which bore the brunt of the storm first, has 8,493 homes without power.
In Richland and Lexington counties, outages were widespread.
A transformer reportedly blew out in Forest Acres, leaving homes without power there and in nearby Arcadia Lakes.
In Lower Richland there were widespread outages, one leaving Mr. Bunky’s store on U.S. 378 dark.
A power line was down Thursday morning on Harmon Street in the Town of Lexington, though the line was not blocking the road. Mayor Steve MacDougall also reported “spotty outages” in about 1,500 homes, most of them north of U.S. 378.
Traffic signals at some intersections along Sunset Boulevard went out before 9 a.m., and Lexington police were directing traffic.
The Avenues in Cayce were without power and there were scattered outages in West Columbia.
Some parts of the Shandon and Rosewood neighborhoods near downtown Columbia lost power, but the outages did not cover the entire neighborhoods.
And large numbers of outages were reported in North Columbia and St. Andrews.
What should you do if the power goes out?
- Unplug electronics to prevent damage in case power surges.
- Avoid carbon-monoxide poisoning by placing generators, camp stoves or charcoal grills outdoors and 20 feet away from windows or open doors and installing battery-powered carbon monoxide detectors.
- Keep the refrigerator and freezer doors closed. A refrigerator will keep food cold for about four hours, while a freezer will keep food cold for about 48 hours.
- Sign up for local alerts.
- Never leave a candle unattended and keep it away from kids and pets, according to the National Candle Association.
Who to call if the power goes out