As Hurricane Matthew left South Carolina, it took much of the power with it.
Nearly 200,000 people were left without power in Horry and Georgetown counties when they woke up Sunday morning.
As people begin to venture out onto the streets, it is important to realize that traffic lights will not be working. Here are five things to keep in mind to stay safe driving through unlit intersections.
1. Treat each light like a four-way stop. Whoever stopped first will be the first one to proceed. This eliminates vehicles speeding through intersections, and it reduces the risk of an accident occurring.
2. Yield to vehicles already in the intersection and those entering from the right. These vehicles typically have the right of way.
3. Always proceed with caution. There is always the chance that a vehicle will not stop at the intersection, and it is important to look every way to ensure the safety of both vehicles.
4. Do not tailgate another vehicle in order to make through the intersection faster. This is dangerous and can cause accidents.
5. When turning, yield to oncoming traffic. Stop as if you are in an all-stop situation and wait your turn. If oncoming traffic does not stop, then wait until the road is clear before making the turn.
Both Santee Cooper and Horry Electric are working to return power to homes and businesses. An exact time when the power will be back on is unknown.