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High winds cause thousands of power outages across Augusta area

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Winds with gusts of up to 40 mph caused thousands of power outages across the Augusta area Wednesday night.

At 10 p.m., Georgia Power officials confirmed 2,385 power outages in Richmond County and 990 in Columbia County.

By 2 a.m., those numbers were down to four outages affecting 271 customers in Richmond County and one in Columbia County affecting fewer than five customers. 

At 10:14 p.m., Jefferson Electric had a total of 806 power outages, including 68 in Richmond County. By 2 a.m., four outages were affecting 208 customers, mostly in northeastern Warren County. 

“We haven’t had anything major reported, just a lot of limbs on power lines,” Jefferson Electric public relations manager Steve Chalker said. “This is pretty typical with the degree of gusts we’re having.”

Earlier Wednesday evening, Jefferson Electric reported as many as 1,600 power outages, Chalker confirmed.

At 10:31 p.m., the hardest hit area locally for South Carolina Electric and Gas was near Beech Island, where there were 173 outages, according to SCE&G’s online outage map.

By 2 a.m., there were two outages affecting four customers in Aiken County, and none in Edgefield and Barnwell counties.

At 10:50 p.m., Aiken Electric Cooperative reported 183 area outages (98 in Aiken County and 85 in Edgefield County). 

By 2 a.m. 13 outages remained in Aiken County, clustered around Midland Valley High School. Two outages remained in Edgefield and Orangeburg counties.


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