This is a live update of power outages along the Grand Strand.
Santee Cooper announced Saturday afternoon that it has returned power to half its customers affected by Tropical Storm Florence. The company brought in additional staff from other states to help with the repairs. There are still near 5,000 homes residents affected.
The Horry Electric Cooperative is reporting about 18,000 customers still affected by outages, which is near half of what was reported around noon.
Duke Energy said 755 customers were still without power.
North Myrtle Beach Mayor Marilyn Hatley said during a 3:30 press conference that 27,000 North Myrtle Beach area residents were without power. Shortly after she spoke, she said Santee Cooper officials told her the figure dropped to 11,000.
Over 67,000 residents in Horry County remain without power at this time. Crews are out assessing the damage and working to get power lines operating again.
Santee Cooper, the largest energy provider in the area, is reporting about 36,000 of its customers are without power. This is down from a reported 47,000 customers without power earlier this morning.
Horry Electric Cooperative is reporting 30,000 customers are without power in the county. Its online outage viewer is up and running again after being down earlier.
Duke Energy is reporting about 1,500 of its customers are without power in Horry County.
Progress can be slowed if wind gusts make it unsafe for crews to climb up the power lines to begin repairs.
About 80,000 Grand Strand residents are currently facing power outages.
Santee Cooper, which is reporting that their crews are out assessing damages and working to restore power, shows 47,039 customers with outages.
Horry Electric, which is still experiencing difficulties with its online outage viewer and emergency phone line, is reporting 32,878 power outages in Horry County, while the Santee Electric Cooperative in Georgetown County shows 2,526 outages.
Duke Energy is reporting a combined 1,898 customers affected in Horry and Georgetown counties.
More than 50,000 residents in the Grand Strand have power outages Saturday morning.
Santee Cooper is reporting 49,826 customers without power in Horry and Georgetown counties with the most outages reported along the coast from Little River to the border of Surfside Beach.
Duke Energy is reporting 1,826 customers without power among their Grand Strand users. Horry Electric’s online outage viewer and emergency phone line are currently down.
David Weissman: @WeissmanMBO; 770-377-5326