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Hurricane Florence: More than 2,200 outages already in York, Lancaster, Chester areas

York County emergency management gives vital information about Hurricane Florence preparations

York County emergency officials have issued guidelines York County residents should take during Hurricane Florence.
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York County emergency officials have issued guidelines York County residents should take during Hurricane Florence.

The worst of Hurricane Florence weather isn’t here yet, forecasts show, but already power outages are impacting residents.

As of 2 p.m. Friday there were more than 2,200 outages in York, Lancaster and Chester counties.

Duke Energy reported 1,669 outages just in Lancaster County. Most of the outages are just east of Lancaster on Pageland Highway.

Duke also had 58 York County outages and 32 in Chester County.

York Electric Cooperative added another 411 outages in York County. Fairfield Electric Cooperative added 29 in Chester County. Lynches River Electric Cooperative added four in Lancaster County.

Rock Hill reported 15 outages on its electric system.

More than 1,000 power outages already had been reported by 11 a.m. Friday, ahead of more severe weather from Hurricane Florence.

York Electric reported 944 outages. It serves almost 50,000 customers. In Chester County, Fairfield Electric reported 182 outages. Those power losses were among almost 16,000 statewide impacting cooperative customers.

Duke showed 28 outages in York County, 31 in Chester County and four in Lancaster County. Duke serves more than 81,000 customers in the tri-county area.

Two dozen of Duke’s impacted customers in York County were in Lake Wylie, in the Timberlake area off Highway 55. The same area saw 10 homes damaged during an April 15 storm, which the National Weather Service determined was an EF-O tornado.

Other Duke customers without power Friday included areas on Heckle Boulevard and Old York Road near Rock Hill.

York County, South Carolina emergency response experts say flooding is likely with Hurricane Florence. Flood prone areas and land near the Catawba River and Lake Wylie are most susceptible.

Rock Hill showed nine outages in the Albright Road area. The city reported 13 total outages.

Duke, Rock Hill and York Electric all asked resident to prepare for outages lasting a week or more, as area flooding can limit restoration efforts.

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John Marks: jmarks@fortmilltimes.com; @JohnFMTimes
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