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The number of outages are starting to drop but there's still thousands in the dark going into the weekend.

In our area outages include services from Duke Energy, Santee Cooper, and Horry Electric in the following counties. Here are the numbers as of 10 pm Friday....

Horry: 5,560 -- down from 12,700 late Thursday
Georgetown: 600 -- down from 8,000 late Thursday
Florence: 11,000 - down from 22,000 Friday morning
Marion: 7260 -- down from 12,000 Thursday
Dillon: 2,726 -- down from 5,300 Friday morning

Friday at 5:30 pm, the state's 20 co-ops reported more than 40,000 consumers who did not have electricity, which is down from 117,000 Friday morning.

Raw Video: Downed power line fire in Florence County

The main areas impacted are Florence and Marion counties in the Pee Dee. Pockets of Conway, Little River, Murrells Inlet and Garden City have also been in the dark since Wednedsay.

Marion County -- with Marion itself -- continues to be hit hard. Of about 12,000 customers in Marion County more than half are still without power Friday night.

"We've already had one limb go through the windshield of a bucket truck," said Mark Walling, Coastal's vice president of engineering and operations. "So, we're working very hard to repair outages while keeping our lineworkers safe."

The American Red Cross has opened a general population shelter at South Florence High School, 3200 S. Irby Street, Florence. Folks are urged to bring prescription medications, pillows, blankets, personal items and clothing.

Another shelter is open at Lake City High 652 N. Matthews Rd in Lake City SC.

 22 line workers from Kentucky are in South Carolina to help restore power for the co-ops. Earlier today, additional assistance was requested from co-ops in neighboring states. More than 150 co-op personnel will arrive in South Carolina over the next 24 hours to help the restoration efforts.

Marion County 911 Center is on emergency power due to an outage in the area of US76 and US501 Bypass.

Duke Energy reminds customers to have a battery powered radio ready on hand and be aware of what's happening outside. They caution people to not heat their home with a gas grill and remind  customers to stay away from any fallen power lines.

As the snow continues to fall and the ice sticks to trees and power lines, the weight will stress the power lines and cause outages.

Here are some numbers to keep handy in case you experience a loss of power.

Horry County Electric Cooperative 843-369-2212 CLICK HERE for outage map

Santee Cooper  1-888-769-7688 CLICK HERE for outage map

Duke Energy Progress 1-800-419-6356 CLICK HERE for outage map

Duke Energy Carolinas 1-800-POWERON (1-800-769-3766) CLICK HERE for outage map

SCE&G 1-888-333-4465 CLICK HERE for outage map

Pee Dee Electric 843-665-4070 toll-free: 866-747-0060 CLICK HERE for outage map

Duke Energy tips for downed power lines

  • Never touch any fallen wire. Consider every wire on the ground to be energized and dangerous.
  • Call your Duke Energy service representative for help.
  • Stay clear of overhead power lines when moving or storing irrigation pipes and grain augers. Metals and wet objects conduct electricity.
  • Never climb utility poles, towers or substation fences. If you have lost something over a substation fence, call Duke Energy and let a company representative retrieve it for you.
  • If you are involved in a traffic accident that results in power lines touching your car, do not get out of your car unless it is on fire. It is a myth that the tires protect you – the metal of your car conducts electricity around you, as if you are a bird sitting on a power line. If you must get out of your car because of fire or other immediate life-threatening situation, do your best to jump clear of the car and land on both feet. Then shuffle away from the car, keeping both feet close together, to minimize the path of electric current and avoid electric shock.
  • If you are at the scene of such an accident, do not approach a car that is touching power lines. Remain a safe distance away, keep the victim in the vehicle calm and wait for emergency personnel to handle the situation.
  • Never drive over downed power lines. Even if not energized, they can become entangled in your vehicle.
  • Never touch downed power lines or use any object to move power lines, including brooms, boards, limbs or plastic materials. Although wood is non-conductive, if even slightly wet it will conduct electricity, causing electric shock or electrocution. Power lines can also slide down such objects when lifted.
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