Power restored after weekend storms

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Progress Energy and Horry Electric reported a large amount of people in Horry and surrounding counties were without power after Sunday night's storms, but by Tuesday the lights were back on.

Horry Electric had to deal with several outages, while Progress Energy worked even longer to get the lights back on for thousands of homes through the day Monday.

Thousands of people went to sleep Sunday night without power once the storms rolled through, and they're waking up to the same situation Monday.

Progress Energy reported via Twitter.com Monday afternoon that they expected power would be restored to these customers Monday evening. They were happy to report as of Tuesday that power was fully restored.

When it comes to restoring large outages like this, Progress Energy says they focus on repairing the damage to what will give the most homes power in the shortest amount of time.

Conway homeowners said the storm that knocked out power to thousands was one of the worst ones they have experienced. Longtime homeowner Susan Hood said she along with other neighbors had electricity on and off several times throughout Sunday evening. Hood said, "The trees and limbs started coming down. The grill blew up against our back door. Our lawn chairs went everywhere, and we were almost ready to go get in our closet."

A major concern on many people's minds is staying cool without the air conditioning. Many are gathering water bottles to try to stay hydrated in the heat.

There were several reports in Conway of downed trees on power lines creating a safety hazard on the road and for people without power. There were also traffic lights at intersections in Conway that did not have electricity. Conway Police were out making sure traffic was moving smoothly. Crews were out through the evening Sunday doing what they could to make those repairs and get the power restored.

Hood stated, "I saw and heard the trucks going down the road, but I don't know exactly where it was at. I wouldn't doubt there was a lot more damage down this way because that is headed toward Aynor where the storm came from a little while ago."

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