Thousands woke up with no electricity Sunday morning after Hurricane Matthew blew past the Grand Strand.
As of 3 p.m., at least 135,000 people in the greater Horry County area are without power.
According to Horry Electric, nearly 55,000 of its customers are affected by the outage.
Horry Electric’s website did not provide a projected time service would return.
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According to Santee Cooper, more than 80,000 of its customers are affected.
Santee Cooper’s outage map says all affected areas should have power restored by 11:59 p.m. Monday.
Penelope Hinson, spokeswoman with Horry Electric, said that 90 percent of its operation was down Sunday afternoon.
“We have 24 substations and only nine of those have [power] transmissions,” Hinson said, meaning more than 70,000 were without power.
Hinson said many line crews were finding trees on power lines between the substations and homes, as well as downed lines. She said the company couldn’t give an estimate on when power would be fully restored.
“There’s no way we can do that because there are so many variables and we don’t want to disappoint our customers,” Hinson said. “We just ask for patience. We live here too and most of us also without power.
“We’re all in the same boat but we’ll get through this.”