Irma knocks out power to more than 33000 in SC

Irma knocks out power to more than 33000 in South Carolina

Irma knocks out power to more than 33000 in South Carolina

Power crews from around the state of Alabama are gearing up to travel to Florida to assist in recovery efforts following Hurricane Irma.

The cooperative is sending 145 linemen to the two states.

Beaufort County was the hardest-hit, with some 13,285 electrical outages reported.

Alabama Power also shifted crews to areas statewide to cope with the more than 20,000 outages at home. In Charleston County, 3,185 customers were reported without power, SCE&G reported.

Crews from the Central Virginia Electric Cooperative are headed out to help the Habersham Electric Membership Corporation in Clarkesville, Georgia.

Line crews from any American electric cooperative can arrive on the scene, ready to provide support, because the national network of transmission and distribution infrastructure owned by cooperatives has been built to federal standards, according to Indiana Electric Cooperatives.

Those affected were only a small percentage of all the households and businesses that use power in the Palmetto State.

Hurricane Irma, which weakened into a still-dangerous tropical storm Monday, engulfed almost the entire Florida peninsula, wreaking havoc from the state's southernmost point up to the Georgia line, from the Atlantic coast to the Gulf side.

"Restoring power after a storm of this magnitude is not easy, and we're happy to offer our crews and resources to help bring electricity back to their community", said Wayne McKee, PEC's vice president of operations.

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