More than 27,000 people were without power Wednesday along the Grand Strand as a series of severe thunderstorms move through the area, according to officials.
Horry Electric Cooperative officials reported 19,091 customers were without power in the areas of Socastee, Burgess, Garden City Beach and north along S.C. 544 toward Conway at Myrtle Ridge Drive, according to their online outage map.
Power was restored 35 minutes after the outage was reported, Horry Electric officials reported on their Facebook page.
The cause of the outage had not been reported by Santee Cooper.
Santee Cooper officials reported 8,488 customers without power in the area of Surfside Beach along U.S. 17, according to their online outage map.
Horry Electric officials posted on their Facebook page that substations at Burgess, Island Green, Socastee, Lake Ridge and Jones Road experienced outages because of loss of transmission from Santee Cooper.
Crews and engineers from Horry Electric had been dispatched to investigate the situation.
Forecasters with the National Weather Service in Wilmington, N.C., reported showers and thunderstorms moving through the area and had issued a hazardous weather outlook. Up to a quarter inch of rain was expected to fall in the area with higher amounts where thunderstorms were severe.
Forecasters reported that a 40 percent chance of thunderstorms will continue overnight Wednesday and a 50 percent chance of rain is expected Thursday. The overnight low is expected to be 76 degrees while Thursday’s high will be near 90 degrees with a heat index value of near 100.