It is likely that many more of you may lose power as the storm continues to move down the coast. Below are some tips to help you and your families stay safe in the case of a power outage. 

Be sure to: 
  • Turn your fridge to the coldest setting.
  • Put a thermometer in the fridge. If the temperature is higher than 40 degrees when power is restored, throw your food out.

  • Turn off or disconnect any appliances, equipment or electronics you were using when the power went out. When power comes back on, surges or spikes can damage equipment.

  • Use flashlights instead of candles. 

  • NEVER use a generator inside your home or garage, as carbon monoxide can be deadly. Only use generators outside, more than 20 feet from your home, doors, and windows.

Additional resources: 
Generator Safety Tips: 
Stay Away From Downed Power Lines: 
How to Survive a Power Outage:

Report an Outage:
Outage maps: or

Duke Energy Progress: or call 800-419-6356 or Text OUT to 57801
Santee Cooper: or 1-888-769-7688
Horry County Electric Cooperative: or 843-369-2212
Lynches River Electric Cooperative (Chesterfield): 843-675-5732
Pee Dee Electric Cooperative: or 843-665-4070
Marlboro Electric Cooperative: or 1-800-922-9174

Until the storm passes, report power outages online so that phone lines can be open for emergency calls.